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FOUNDERS Jason Stern & Amara Projansky


Brian K. Mahoney ART DIRECTOR




11 ESTEEMED READER Jason Stern asks for a day that is complete.


news and politics 12 STROKE THE RICH David Cay Johnston investigates the regressive US tax system. 16 CAUGHT IN THE CROSSFIRE Lina Abirafeh reports from post-tsunami Sri Lanka.

portfolio 22 THE FLOOD Text by Sparrow; photo by Jeff Milstein.


Andrea Birnbaum PROOFREADERS

Laura McLaughlin, Barbara Ross


26 RETURN OF A CLASSIC Jonathan King previews a mt. bike race at Williams Lake.


34 EAR WHACKS Sharon Nichols profiles Gwen Laster. CD Reviews, Nightlife Highlights. 38 PLANET WAVES Eric Francis Coppolino on Taurus time. Plus horoscopes. 44 POETICA Poems by Nicholas Beishline, Rhonda Clarer, Steve Dalachinsky, Michele Harvey, Donald Lev, Tanya Perkins, Rayn Roberts, and Patrick Walsh.

art of business 46 THE WHOLE ENCHILADA Mala Hoffman on the Rosendale restaurant revival.


chef spotlight 62 C IS FOR COOKIE Susan Gibbs reports on Chronogram's chocolate-cookie bake-off. 65 TASTINGS A directory of what’s cooking and where to get it.

the book shelf 74 RESPONSIBLE MENSCH Nina Shengold profiles author Edward Schwarzschild. 76 BOOK REVIEWS, SHORT TAKES, OUT & ALOUD

whole living guide 82 WOMEN OF A CERTAIN AGE Making friends with over-40. By Lorrie Klosterman. 86 THAT'S THE SPIRIT A preview of the "Seeds of Transformation" symposium at Bard. 88 WHOLE LIVING DIRECTORY Products and services for a positive lifestyle.




parting shot 148 ONE-HOUR PORTRAITS A series of silver prints by Roger Sayre.


Phillip Levine COPY EDITOR


32 FRANKLY SPEAKING Frank Crocitto recalls the Chinese-puzzle prison of his youth.

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30 LIFE IN THE BALANCE Susan Piperato reports from the renewable energy expo.



24 HUMBLY SPROUTING ROSES Bethany Saltman profiles Sister Adrian Hofstetter.

28 LUCID DREAMING Beth E. Wilson reviews exhibitions at HVCCA & Carrie Haddad.


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On the Cover

A Green Wave J e f f e r e y M i l s t e i n , L a r g e - f o r m at color transparency, 2002


rchitect, photographer, and author Jeffrey Milstein became interested in photographing flowers and gardens as the former owner of the design and publishing studio Paper House Productions, a photographic greeting and note card company which he founded in 1983. “I started photographing single flowers because they look very iconographic,” he says. For his recent series of photographs, “The Tulip Project,” Milstein selected tulips, along with a few peonies and roses, from his wife’s garden in Woodstock. A Green Wave is a portrait of a Parrot Tulip. This is Milstein’s second Chronogram cover; our September 2004 issue featured Scrap Metal #1, from a series of large-format photographs of scrap yards. For “The Tulip Project,” Milstein photographed the flowers individually in his studio against a white background, permitting a small amount of shadow to give each one a three-dimensional quality. “I presented each flower as an idealized, beautiful object on its own, with nothing around it, much like a botanist would have drawn in the past,” he says. “In a traditional botanical drawing, a flower is presented singly, and very symmetrically, with the drawing really capturing its essence. I wanted the flower photographs to look like that—very rich, full of beauty and detail.” Milstein’s photographs have been shown at the Donskoj Gallery in Kingston, the Kleinert/James Art Center in Woodstock, and the Dorsky Museum in New Paltz, as well as in Portland, Oregon; New York City; and Italy. Throughout May, “The Tulip Project” will be exhibited at his studio/gallery, Studio 331, Inc., located at 331 Wall Street in Kingston. (845) 331-3111;

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Editor’s Note


y commute to work is a relatively short one. It’s three miles from my home in Kingston’s Rondout area to our office here in the Stockade district. For the most part it's a straight shot up Broadway past the high school, the YMCA, and Ulster Performing Arts Center, and various take-out joints. On the mornings when I come in to work early, around 7am, it can take me as little as eight minutes to cruise through the deserted streets, every light turning green in glorious mechanized serendipity as I approach. If I drive to work closer to nine, however, my commute stretches to almost 15 minutes as I lurch along in a halting procession. I jockey for position at every stoplight, make last-second turns onto side streets to avoid school bus stops, and grip the wheel in white-knuckled frustration as I glare at my fellow motorists, my steel-cocooned nemeses. Compared with most Americans (and most of my coworkers), my commute is a piece of cake. Even snarled in what passes for a traffic jam in Kingston, I don’t suffer for long. The average commute in this country is almost an hour (though interestingly, and somewhat paradoxically, more than half of all Americans live less than five miles from where they work; I’m guessing that all the New York City firefighters and cops who live in Orange County and make what analysts call “extreme commutes”—trips of 90 minutes or more—are skewing the numbers). An informal poll of our office reveals that the average commute time here at Luminary Publishing is 23 minutes; the average distance 12 miles. Lisa, our office manager, lives in Cairo and drives 34 miles to work each morning. David, Chronogram’s new art director, lives on Fair Street, and walks about 150 yards from his apartment to our back door. Part of the luxury that living close to my office affords me is that from April through October, I bike to work two or three times a week. I’m not fanatical or obsessive about it, I just do it as often as I can and when it’s not raining. Door to door, it takes me on average 12 minutes, about the same as driving my car. Unlike driving, riding has the added benefits of moderate physical exercise (an average 150pound person burns about 500 calories riding a leisurely paced 30-minute commute); no rage-inducing traffic snarls (bikes, unlike cars, can maneuver through traffic); I don’t have to pay for parking, I just lock my bike up downstairs; and it allows me to leave my world-killer parked in the driveway. Sadly, less than one percent of all urban trips in the US are made by bicycle. (Compare this with the Netherlands, where 30 percent of city jaunts are made by bike and it’s not uncommon to see young women in skirts and high heels cycling to a club or a banker in a three-piece suit pedaling to work.) The US is a car-based culture, and cyclists are generally viewed as roadside nuisances, dangerous distractions for speeding cars to avoid rather than equal partners sharing the road. It doesn’t have to be this way, however. The League of American Bicyclists has named May as Bike Month, and they’re sponsoring events throughout the month to highlight the competitive, recreational, and utilitarian aspects of cycling. Friday, May 20 is National Bike-to-Work Day. While we cannot all ride our bicycles to work, if you live closer than 10 miles to your office, I urge you to oil up your chain, don your helmet, and pedal to work on that day; studies show that once people start bicycle commuting, they often stay bicycle commuters. In case you’re not convinced, here are some facts about health, cars, and cycling: • 60 percent of Americans are overweight or obese. • 80 percent of Americans do not get the recommended 30 minutes of moderate daily activity. • The average number of barrels of oil consumed daily in the US is 19 million. Driving is responsible for 43 percent of them. • A gallon of gas is currently $2.25. In a few years, gas at this price may seem like a bargain. • Motorized vehicles are responsible for 70 percent of the carbon monoxide, 45 percent of the nitrogen dioxide, and 34 percent of the hydrocarbons we produce. • Nearly a third of the gas used in the US goes for trips of three miles or less, usually to transport a single passenger. • More than half of all Americans live less than five miles from where they work. • One hundred bicycles can be produced for the same energy and resources it takes to build one medium-sized automobile. The bicycle, in its way, is the perfect machine. You don’t have to feed it oats or gasoline—the only fuel it needs is human power, willpower. As David Herlihy writes in his exhaustively researched and lively illustrated chronicle Bicycle: The History (Yale University Press, 2004): “It’s cheap, speedy, and efficient personal transportation.” For more information on Bike-to-Work day, visit —Brian K. Mahoney 5/05

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Department of Corrections

Astute reader Marc Leepson of Middleburg, Virginia e-mailed us that we made a common mistake in our description of last month’s cover photo, Ahouatcha Mahinou, Cotonou, Benin by Lori Grinker. Here’s what Marc wrote: Hello. I just saw your cover photo story on Lori Grinker. Great photo. Great story. I did notice a mistake, however. To wit, “In 1991 while visiting the Vietnam War Memorial photojournalist Lori Grinker....” While the memorial often is called The Vietnam War Memorial, that is not the correct name. It is the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. It is not a war memorial, nor was it intended to be. The memorial commemorates those who served in the war, not the war itself. That’s a big difference. Best regards, Marc Leepson Thanks, Marc. —The Eds.

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Esteemed Reader What is this day with two suns in the sky? Day unlike other days, with a great voice giving it to the planet, “Here it is, enamored beings, your day!” —Jalaluddin Rumi 1207-1273




Esteemed Reader of Our Magazine: here was a day that came that was bright and clear. A freshness in the air brought bantam spirits to life. And the day had a quality of benevolence. We spoke to the sky in the morning and asked for a day that was complete, that was a microcosm of life, a full life replete with the richness that is magical, that is unspoken, that fills each moment with more, or maybe makes perceivable moments smaller, like a film with finer emulsion, but each iota complete in itself, like a breath, or the day in question. Before that day there had been turning away. We were distracted by the packages on things, the masks over people. We slithered sideways around experiences and forgot that we are here to right the rhythm of the world, to refine each event simply by facing it squarely. We were like divers that couldn’t hold our breath and remained tethered at the surface, submerging briefly in moments of remembering, steeping in sense and significance, only to resurface and return to the world of appearances. But there is, we discovered, another medium in which to breath. Little known innate submarine equipment let’s us stay below the surface and dive, deeply, exploring minutia with the eye that sees “a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower”; that holds “infinity in the palms of your hand and eternity in an hour.” The new sun now risen, shining equally on all, revealed that each thing is perfect and in its place. Nothing is awry—in the past, present, or future. Our parents were perfect. Our children and lovers and friends leave nothing lacking. We possess all the objects and stations we need, and more. Gratitude arises naturally in the light of this day, our day. Abiding in this fresh wakefulness we see that aberrations, of course consistent with perfection, nevertheless comprise a part of the whole. They are the result of living with eyes closed. The sound of internal combustion engines, for instance, is a blight; as is the ugliness of highways and billboards and cheaply constructed mansions in pastoral settings; the alienation of people driving in the isolation of cars, working in cubicles, paving over glades and plains to build cement monuments to ignorance. We see the push to profit where others will lose, the pitch that sells what the buyer doesn’t need, the advertising that convinces us more and bigger is better. In darkness the furtive self-servant finds justification to kill, and to lie, with enough power to make the whole world a hell. These actions arise from a state in which vision is nil. For who could commit such crimes seeing the consequences? What kind of monster will use the impersonal tools of bombs and missiles, armies hypnotized to kill, radioactive dust to mutate generations—who selects force before peaceful reconciliation? Only a person buried at such a depth of ignorance as to be unexhumable. But how to respond? Alas, negative emotions are useless and unnecessary. All of them. Not only that, they are destructive and poisonous to our person and others. Every kind of disdain is a sign that we are not participating with Perfection. Spurred by this knowledge, the rising of bile impels introspection, and we become reconciled with ourselves. It is only from a view that includes ourselves in the picture that true activism flows. For to attempt to change anything out of irritation makes waves that return to wreak havoc now or later. Instead, relevant action from an encompassing view has the power to transform. The eye of the heart, perceiving the whole picture, and not just its annoying aspects, imparts the knowing that we are the evil-doers and the evil-doers are us. To correct the crimes of the world we can shrink from turning away, and instead of acting out of anger and resentment, look to see what we fail to accept in ourselves. A new sun has risen. It is in everything. Shining from every crack and crevice; from every object and being. Its light shows things as they are, how they must be, and reveals the world as a luminous place. —Jason Stern

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STROKE THE RICH GOVERNMENT GIVEAWAYS TO THE WEALTHY Just how is it that the rich keep getting richer and the rest keep footing the bill? Another tax day has come and gone, but it’s just business as usual for America’s wealthiest.


he federal tax system that millions of Americans are forced to deal with before April 15 is not at all what you think it is. Congress has changed it in recent decades from a progressive system in which the more one earns the more one pays in income taxes. It has become a subsidy system for the super-rich. Through explicit policies, as well as tax laws never reported in the news, Congress now literally takes money from those making $30,000 to $500,000 per year and funnels it in subtle ways to the super-rich—the top 1/100th of 1 percent of Americans. People making $60,000 paid a larger share of their 2001 income in Social Security, Medicare, and federal income taxes than a family making $25 million, the latest Internal Revenue Service data show. And in income taxes alone, people making $400,000 paid a larger share of their incomes than the 7,000 households that earned $10 million or more. While millions of Americans in the last quarter-century debated about who shot JR and scurried for news about who Jennifer Lopez’s next lover would be, Congress quietly passed tax laws that shifted the tax burden from the 28,000 Americans in households with incomes of $8 million per year or more. One 1985 law, promoted in the Senate as relieving middle-class Americans, gave a huge tax break to corporate executives who make personal use of company jets. CEOs may now fly to vacations or Saturday golf outings in luxury for a penny a mile. Congress shifted the real cost of about $6 per mile to shareholders, who pay two-thirds, and to taxpayers, who suffer the rest of the cost lost as a result of reduced corporate income taxes. Since 1988, Congress has also cut in half the Internal Revenue Service’s capacity to enforce tax laws, replacing it with extra effort to reduce audits of corporations and the rich. On March 30, Congress was told that 78 percent of known tax cheats in investment partnerships are not even asked to pay because there are not enough tax collectors to go after them. Congress and

the Bush administration rejected the request by the IRS Oversight Board, a citizen panel Congress created, for extra money to pursue some of these tax cheats and stop about 1 percent of the $311 billion in estimated annual tax cheating. In the late ’90s, a crooked banker gave the IRS records on 1,600 criminal tax cheats who used his Cayman Islands bank. The Justice Department prosecuted 49 of them, but the other 1,551 were not even asked to pay, lawyers for some of them say. Two billionaires in New York, the art dealer Alec Wildenstein and his former wife, Jocelyn, testified under oath in their divorce that for 30 years they never filed a tax return. They have not been prosecuted. There are now seminars that show business owners how to drop out of the tax system with virtually no risk of detection by the IRS, which relies on a computer system created when John F. Kennedy was president. As tax law enforcement has declined, illegal tax evasion has risen, especially among the rich, and more recently, among the young. All of these actions reward cheats at the expense of honest taxpayers, but because “tax” is a four-letter word in Washington, nothing is done. Those who support tax law enforcement are denounced on the campaign trail as advocates of higher taxes. While letting rich tax cheats run wild, Congress did finance a crackdown on the poor. The working poor, most of whom make less than $16,000 a year, are eight times more likely to be audited than millionaire investors in partnerships. The audits of low-income taxpayers found little cheating. Two-thirds of the poor get either their full refund or more than they sought. These and other unseen changes in the tax system are major factors in profound economic changes that have caused so many in America to lurch from job to job, a fourth of which pay less than

One 1985 law, promoted in the Senate as relieving middle-class Americans, gave a huge tax break to corporate executives who make personal use of company jets.




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from job to job, a fourth of which pay less than $8 an hour, while helping a very few grow very rich. Because the news media focus on what politicians say about the tax system, rather than how it actually operates, few Americans realize that: • Corporate income tax laws reward companies that move jobs offshore, allowing them to earn untaxed profits as long as the money stays offshore. • Widespread cuts in health insurance and pensions for the rank-and-file are driven by a special law that lets top executives defer paying taxes for years, in a way that adds 35 percent to the cost of their bloated pay. • The 2001 Bush tax cuts included a stealth tax increase on the middle class and uppermiddle class that will cost them half a trillion dollars in the first 10 years and, for 35 million families, wiping out part or all of their Bush tax cuts.

interest, while everyone else has less of their money to spend or to save and millions of people are mired in debt. While wage earners have every dollar of income reported to the government, the super rich control what the IRS knows about their incomes. But the rich are rarely audited anymore. Congress also gives them many perfectly legal devices to defer reporting income for years or decades. That means that the real incomes of the super-rich are much larger than the IRS data show and their tax burden is even lighter. IRS data, adjusted for inflation, show that the poor are really getting poorer and the super-rich are getting fabulously richer, a trend enhanced by their falling tax burden. In 1970, the poorest third of Americans had more than 10 times as much income as the super-rich, the top 1/100th of one percent. Back then the poor had more than 10 percent of all income and the super-rich

IRS data, adjusted for inflation, show that the poor are really getting poorer and the super-rich are getting fabulously richer. • The stealth tax boost on people making $30,000 to $500,000 was used explicitly to make sure that the superrich would get their Bush tax cuts in their entirety. • A California couple who make $75,000 to $100,000 and have two children face a 97 percent chance of losing part of their Bush tax cuts to this stealth tax increase, and overall will lose 42 percent of their Bush tax cuts by next year. • If your child becomes seriously ill, Congress, under this same law, will raise your income taxes if you spend more than 7.5 percent of your income trying to keep your child alive. • Since 1983, under a plan devised by Alan Greenspan, Americans have paid $1.8 trillion more in Social Security taxes than have been paid out in benefits, money that is used to finance tax cuts for the super-rich while robbing the middle class of their capacity to save. • A family earning $50,000 this year will have about $1,500 of its money funneled to the super-rich because of the Greenspan plan. • Since 1993, the income tax burden on the 400 highest-income Americans has been cut 40 percent when measured the way that President Bush prefers, which is by counting how many pennies out of each dollar go to income taxes. In 1993 the top 400 paid 30 cents out of each dollar in federal income taxes. By the end of the Clinton administration, in 2000, they were down to 22 cents. Under Bush, their burden is less than 18 cents. Everyone else felt their tax bite rise to 15 cents on the dollar from an average of 13 cents. Over time, the impact of tax relief for the super-rich and more taxes for everyone else is profound. The rich can save and invest more and more, increasing their incomes and political power over time through the magic of compound

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had one percent. By 2000 the two groups were equal—the 28,000 Americans at the top had as much income as the 96 million at the bottom. The poor’s share of income fell by half while the super-rich’s share rose to more than 5 percent of all income. Not only did the poorest third’s share of income shrink, they actually had less money. The average 25-year-old man in 1970 made $2 per hour more, adjusted for inflation, than in 2000. Over those three decades the bottom 99 percent of Americans had an average increase in total income of $2,710. That is an annual raise of less than $100 per year, the equivalent of a nickel an hour each year for 30 years. The super-rich did far better, their average incomes rising $20.3 million to an average of $24 million each. Plot these figures on a chart and the results are astounding. If the increase for 99 percent of Americans is a bar one inch high, the bar for the super-rich soars heavenward 625 feet. All of this is having a devastating impact on America, which the preamble to our Constitution says was created to “promote the general welfare.” Until Americans decide to take back their democracy and become actively engaged in politics, the super-rich will continue to rig the tax system for their benefit only. David Cay Johnston is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the New York Times. This article was adapted from the new paperback edition of his book Perfectly Legal, an expose of how middle-class taxpayers subsidize the rich that was awarded "Investigative Book of the Year" honors by the 5,000 members of Investigative Reporters and Editors.


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CAUGHT IN THE CROSSFIRE POST-TSUNAMI SRI LANKA A "20-minute war" where women's deaths outnumbered men's by a wide margin, the tsunami exposed the underbelly of a two-decades-old civil war that threatens to destroy all the gains made in the post-tsunami reconstruction effort.


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ost of us understand the magnitude of the tsunami, and explanations of how it happened and what damage it caused have been thoroughly documented. No amount of information, however, can replace the horror of actually having experienced the wave. On December 26, 2004, generated by an under-the-sea earthquake, a massive wave traveled at over 600 km/hour, reaching a height of 10 meters or more, devastating coastlines around the Indian Ocean. Numbers conflict but it is estimated that almost 40,000 Sri Lankans died in the wake of the tsunami, which some have called a “20minute war.” More than 30,000 sustained injuries, and another 400,000 were displaced. People continue to die from tsunami-related injuries and disease, even now, four months after the wave. I arrived in Sri Lanka in the early hours of the morning on February 24, the day after the Buddhist holiday, Poya, the monthly full-moon celebration. With the Poya moon still shining, I made my way into the city of Colombo, as “It’s a Small World” played each time the taxi reversed. The driver took me to a neighborhood called Cinnamon Gardens, to a dignified older home built in the grand colonial style with high ceilings and big, gently swirling fans where I would be staying. Frangipani graced the verandah entrance. It felt like traveling back in time—to a more serene era. I had come to investigate and observe the tsunami recovery efforts of this tiny island country.




The tsunami generated worldwide interest—and funding. Today, the world is moving on to create— and subsequently address—other calamities. In an all but forgotten post-tsunami Sri Lanka, relief efforts are tragically hampered by an ongoing conflict that predates the tsunami. Since 1983, Sri Lanka’s Northern and Eastern provinces have been the center of ethnic fighting between the Sinhalesedominated Sri Lankan Government and the separatist movement, led by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Although the situation is complex, the violence is a response to ethnic imbalances in the country between Tamil and Sinhalese. In February 2002, a cease-fire agreement was signed, marking the end of a conflict that has claimed 65,000 lives and displaced an estimated 1,000,000 people. According to the Sri Lankan Democracy Forum (SLDF), a global network of activists committed to promote democratization and inter-ethnic coexistence in Sri Lanka, “In the days immediately preceding the Tsunami disaster, tensions between the LTTE and the Sri Lankan government were high. The recruitment of child soldiers and adult fighters by the LTTE was escalating in preparation, the LTTE said, for the possibility of war. The Sri Lankan military had expanded its arsenal and increased recruitment of troops during the cease-fire. International humanitarian organizations working in Sri Lanka

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expressed public alarm that the spiraling political violence in the country’s North and East was threatening relief and development, rule of law, diversity, freedom of expression, and pluralism.” Today, a link has been established between ethnic tensions and the wave. An open letter posted on the Internet by Ranjit and Marcia Seneviratne, Sri Lankan civilians living in Italy, expressed the widespread sentiment that the tragedy brought previously rival groups together: “The nation is enduring a grief that even the civil war that has plagued this land for so long has not generated. Perhaps it is because the waves were no respecter of religion, race, caste or gender, that all have suffered.” Yet, the general perception is that while the people unite to rebuild their lives, the government continues to be divisive and distributes—or withholds—aid along ethnic lines. People fear that the ongoing tensions between the Sri Lankan Army and the LTTE could provide a threat to relief and reconstruction operations. The LTTE issued a declaration that they would not interfere with such operations; however, government inaction could lead to a breakdown in the fragile peace. On January 8, SLDF reported, “The Tamil press and certain parliamentarians have accused the Sri Lankan government of discrimination in the delivery of relief—showing preference for the Sinhala south over Tamil areas. While the shortages in the North and East have been serious, there have also been repeated allegations that LTTE cadres have inhibited the delivery of assistance—setting fire to a camp housing persons displaced by the tsunami after the people accepted assistance from the army, intercepting trucks carrying relief supplies, refusing unfettered government or international access to areas under its control, and preventing independent NGOs from operating.” On April 8, SLDF released a press release that stated, “The climate of violence and fear in eastern Sri Lanka continues to deepen, exacerbating the trauma of tsunami survivors and impeding reconstruction efforts. Political killings are escalating at a time when immediate and urgent reconstruction is required. At the same time, the LTTE is engaging in violent provocations of the Sri Lankan security forces, actions that appear aimed at a resumption of war.” Stressing that war would “destroy all gains made in the post-tsunami reconstruction effort,” SLDF urged the international community to demand, “the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE to declare an immediate, long-term moratorium on fighting as an urgent first step towards ensuring a much-violated cease-fire agreement.”

THE IMMEDIATE AFTERMATH Prior to the tsunami, the World Food Program (WFP) aid organization was serving 215,000 people in conflict-affected areas such as Jafna and other regions in the North. Since the cease-fire of 2002, the program has evolved from relief to recovery. Just before the tsunami hit, WFP was preparing for a workshop to assess gender needs in the country. However, after December 26, priorities changed. Within two days, WFP was able to mobilize and take food to camps using existing in-country food stock. According to their spokesperson, Selvi Sachithanandam, whose job pre-tsunami was to provide information to WFP regarding their programs in conflict-afflicted areas, WFP was the first organization to reach affected people. But when they arrived, they noticed that the camps were already being supported by the communities. Individuals had taken initiative and were providing hot meals, and where possible, shelter. Sachithanandam witnessed Sinhalese families cooking for Tamil camps. It seemed that the tsunami had bridged the ethnic divide. “The immediate response was overwhelming, very positive,” said Sachithanandam. “Not just Sri Lankans but foreigners who live here, or were stuck here.” In the immediate days following the tsunami, people were well-fed and food stocks were high. Today, supplies—along with international interest—are dwindling. Only WFP continues to supply food to affected people, and it plans to continue feeding 850,000 people in Sri Lanka for the next six months.

WOMEN HARDEST HIT Two months to the day since the tsunami hit, we began our journey to Galle, in the South, eating fish cakes from a local bakery. Galle, the hardest hit province, had once been a Dutch fort and was very famous for its breads and lace. It was also a popular tourist destination. Was. The disaster took place on a Poya day and Sri Lankans were on holiday, many enjoying time by the sea and with their families. The bumper sticker on our car from the Last Elephant Trust Fund said, “Ignore it and it will go away forever.” Just as true for world tragedies as it is for elephants, I thought, as we passed Hikkaduwa, usually filled with flip-flopped backpackers, and now littered with “Rooms to Let” signs. 5/05

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A stale odor, like that of an old abandoned cellar, permeated the air. “Can you smell that?” my guide suddenly asked. “It’s the dead bodies.” The media has covered every aspect of the tsunami: Relief efforts, plans for reconstruction to sustain longterm resettlement in the wake of the devastation, its effect on tourism and the environment, underwater villages that were revealed, even its effect on animals was brought to the public eye. However, the effects of the wave on women have received little or no attention. According to a report released by the Oxfam International aid agency, up to four times as many women were killed as men in some areas. Specifically, in Sri Lanka, it is reported that surveys of survivor’s camp show “a serious imbalance between the number of men and women killed.” Stated reasons for this imbalance in gender-related deaths include, “women staying behind to look for their children [whom they were often looking after when the wave hit] and women being less likely to know how to swim or climb palm trees. In Aceh, Indonesia, women have a high level of participation in the labor force, but the wave struck on a Sunday when they were at home and the men were out running errands, or were out at sea [where the waves were less ferocious] or working in the fields. Women in India were close to the shore, waiting for

training in vocational skills and to help promote small businesses run by women. She explained that the poorest might not necessarily be the worst off in this case because they lived in uncertainty before the tsunami. Those that suffer most today are women—and men—who had their own businesses and were becoming self-sufficient. These people have lost their livelihoods. “It’s an interesting scenario,” said Moonesinghe. “We as humans need to see visible evidence of destruction to believe that people need help.” One community of lace-makers in Galle had most of their houses spared by the tsunami but incurred other losses that were left unnoticed. Lace workshops were wiped clean of their machines and materials. Fishing boats were destroyed. The people of this community hung a banner on the main road for passersby to see: “WHY HAVE YOU IGNORED US?” Seela Ebert, Executive Director of Agromart, a leading indigenous non-governmental organization, explained, “When we came to the women, we thought we would help them with housing first. But they said no, they wanted their enterprises first. ‘Otherwise we would be beggars. We refuse to be beggars,’ they told us. The women did not want to depend on other people.” Agromart is working to empower rural communities, particularly women, through entrepreneurship and developing strategies to reduce poverty and dependence.

In post-tsunami Sri Lanka, relief efforts are tragically hampered by an ongoing ethnic conflict the predates the murderous wave. the fishermen to come in with their catch. In Sri Lanka, in Batticoloa District, the tsunami hit it at the hour when women on the East Coast usually take their baths in the sea.” In Galle, women could not hold onto trees, their hair and saris were caught in debris as they were swept up by the wave and sucked in. “The tsunami has dealt a crushing blow to women and men across the region,” said Becky Buell, Oxfam’s Policy Director. “In some villages it now appears that up to 80 percent of those killed were women. This disproportionate impact will lead to problems for years to come unless everyone working on the aid effort addresses the issue now. We are already hearing about rapes, harassment, and forced early marriages. We all need to wake up to this issue and ensure the protection, inclusion, and empowerment of the women that have survived.”

SUPPORTING WOMEN’S LIVELIHOODS Female tsunami survivors are struggling to put their lives back together and working to support their communities. Women’s burdens have increased as they are traditionally the caretakers of the sick and injured. Many have been left without home and income. Even those whose houses remained intact are in need of support. Puthrika Moonesinghe works with women through the Beulah Moonesinghe Trust Fund, set up to support

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The organization has worked since 1989 empowering women to participate in socio-economic and political processes. Agromart trains women—and now tsunamiaffected women—in skills development to foster sustainable businesses. This is what women are asking for, not houses or clothes. Ebert told the story of Priyanga Wijeweera, an Agromart member who learned to make yogurt and sold it in the market. With her income, she bought a boat for her husband to enable him to start his own fishing business. Just before it was to be launched for the first time, the tsunami hit, destroying the boat. It was the first thing she had bought with her own income. Agromart helped her to rebuild the boat. Priyanga’s house was also washed away by the tsunami. She now lives in a camp and is using her yogurt to feed people in the camp. “The Agromart approach to me is ideal,” said Gretchen Bloom, an independent consultant, senior gender advisor and self-avowed long-time Argomart supporter. “First, the organization works with 75 percent women members and 25 percent men to avoid creating a big barrier and to win men over to women’s causes. Second, the recipients of their assistance form societies, which gives them strength. Post-tsunami, the societies in unaffected areas helped other communities that had been affected. Third, Agromart conducted individual needs assessments of their affected

members and responded specifically to get members back on their feet, earning an income. It was an empowerment approach rather than a welfare approach.” Moonesinghe elaborated that the majority of women are well educated in Sri Lanka and are able to hold governments and development organizations accountable when they fail to deliver. The literacy rate approaches 85 percent. Women in the country know what they want, but the problem is that they are not often asked. In this regard, rural women suffer more. “An empowered rural woman is perceived as a threat, not just by men but also by urban women,” said Moonesinghe. “This has to do with class and social structure. The rural woman therefore has the bigger barrier to cross.” Some women’s issues bridge the rural-urban divide— such as violence against women.

VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN Myriad reports have been written about women’s disproportionate suffering in Sri Lanka as a result of the ethnic conflict. Sri Lankan women have suffered rape, harassment, and many other abuses. The conflict produced female-headed households as many men were killed, leaving 40,000 war widows with little access to economic opportunity. Women and children are 80 percent of the internally displaced. In light of these bleak statistics, the post-tsunami abuses of women have not been a welcome addition. Women’s work has increased, as has their risk of sexual violence and abuse. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) stated in a recent report that “fear of sexual violence has been reported to limit women’s and girls’ mobility, for example, in search of new economic opportunities.” Reports issued by women’s organizations in Sri Lanka cite “reports of incidents of rape, gang rape, molestation, and physical abuse of women and girls in the course of unsupervised rescue operations and while resident in temporary shelters, particularly in the South.” The Oxfam report examines other tsunami-related effects that have hit women particularly hard: “Women [are] experiencing verbal and physical harassment by men in camps and settlements and fearing sexual abuse in the packed resettlement sites; women [are] already being pressured into early marriages; women in particular are being hit by the loss of income and inability to access cash, with some women at risk of sexual exploitation and forms of dependency from which they will find it hard to recover.” Quoted in Femina Sri Lanka magazine, beautician and entrepreneur Janet Balasuriya said, “At a time when disaster has struck our nation, women and children are being assaulted and abused by the very people who are going to them under the pretext of help. It shocks me when I hear of children being kidnapped from relief camps and women being raped by relief workers. This is more terrible and traumatic than the natural disaster itself.” Sri Lankan women’s groups have issued an appeal for an inclusive framework for disaster response “to ensure that those who have suffered…are not subjected to further

violence and abuse. The Coalition for Assisting Tsunami Affected Women (CATAW) is comprised of over 60 women’s groups in Sri Lanka who are advocating for the protection and empowerment of women in rehabilitation projects. CATAW research has confirmed allegations of rape and abuse, matching media reports of the same nature. CATAW elaborates: “Years of working with conflict and internal displacement have taught us that where law and order breaks down, where safety networks provided by family and community have disappeared, women become most vulnerable to a range of violations of their rights, including sexual and physical violence.” Despite reports calling for special protection of women in relief and rehabilitation, few changes have been made. There are no mechanisms in place to receive complaints or take action against perpetrators, and many women refuse to report abuses for fear of social stigmatization. CATAW is arguing for women’s committees to be established in the camps and for women to be active in all levels of decisionmaking regarding relief and rehabilitation efforts. But the government has not demonstrated commitment to engaging neither women nor men.

SOLACE AND STRENGTH And yet there are small successes. Moonesinghe’s jewelry project, for instance. The workshop trains 25 young women in jewelry-making, traditionally a male domain. The women use gems and silver to make pendants, rings, and other items that are sold in the markets and shops of Colombo. In the face of the devastation that followed the tsunami, and despite the fact that the center had lost nearly all of its equipment, the women showed up for work just days after it struck. Most of the women had lost at least one family member from the tsunami. “The only way we could overcome our grief was to come to the center and clean it…to see if it had survived the wave,” said 23-year-old worker Jayasekara. Priyani, a lace-maker and trainer, showed me her home. “I lost everything except what I was wearing,” she said. Having just returned from selling her lace in Colombo for Christmas, the wave washed away all her earnings from the sale, nearly 150,000 rupees (approximately $1,500). Scraps of lace could be found 50 meters past the house. The government has prohibited Priyani from rebuilding her home. “I still have my skill,” she said. “The wave did not take that away. Better that it is a natural tsunami than a man-made tsunami that does this.” At Unawatuna Beach, we stopped to eat. The resort was empty, save for a few brave Germans. The beach was desolate. I took a walk and found a shell. Peddlers walked the beach, hoping for an obliging foreigner who would buy their wooden Nemo sculpture or beach wrap. Business was bad, they said. We made the journey back to Colombo in silence. I was deeply moved by the women I had met. It was empowering and humbling, with so many contradictions. Not unlike Sri Lanka itself—a devastated paradise. We passed a funeral procession. A sheet was laid on the road before the procession and the coffin was draped in a white sheet. “Another tsunami victim,” my guide said. 5/05

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A SQUANDERED OPPORTUNITY The president was not in Sri Lanka on December 26. She returned two days later and re-routed relief funding (channeled through the UN and the Sri Lankan National Disaster Management Center) to a centralized fund managed out of the president’s office. The president’s Center for National Operations was wrought with internal squabbling and has been criticized for being ineffective and reinforcing ethnic rivalries. People believed that a disproportionate share of funding was diverted to the South, while those in the North and East were neglected. An example of a specific concern that many Sri Lankans are expressing, has to do with a newly-issued government decree stating that houses and structures cannot be rebuilt within the highly-contested so-called 100-meter “buffer zone.” A recent editorial written by the editors of lines, an online magazine that addresses political issues in Sri Lanka, stated that many fear this signals support for a “precarious” tourism industry that comes at the expense of fishing communities dependent on their proximity to the sea. The government’s actions, they say, stand to make “thousands of displaced vulnerable to being dispossessed of their land along the coast.” This fear was fueled when the government ramped up tourism efforts by playing host to celebrities through the Tourist Board’s “Bounce Back” campaign. While tourist revenue is critical to the Sri Lankan economy, many Sri Lankans were indifferent to the influx of celebrity visits. A trip to a tsunami-affected part of the island diverts attention and resources from the rehabilitation effort.

While this may undoubtedly generate new resources, people were still critical of the myriad famous-names donning a pair of construction boots for a few hours of high-profile touring, followed by refuge sought in one of the five-star hotels. Some feel such well-intended visits usually generate more positive publicity rather than aiding the “victims.” The editors of lines expressed their vision for post-tsunami rebuilding and reconciliation. They recommended “Democratic participation in planning and implementing reconstruction, economic justice in planning and reconstruction initiative, inclusion and pluralism in planning and implementing reconstruction initiatives, and peace building and demilitarization in planning and implementing reconstruction.” “As we try to come out of the double tragedies of war and the tsunami, civil society’s dynamic and generous response to the needs of tsunami relief provide an opening for the demilitarization of public life and the promise that something positive can be reclaimed even from this bleakest of tragedies. Over the last month, stories of loss have been accompanied by stories of hope and inter-ethnic solidarity. More significantly even, against the odds of war and communalism, over the last 20 years the multi-ethnic region along the eastern coastline continued to sustain a fragile but resilient strand of commitment to inter-ethnic justice and pluralism. In honor of the dead then, let us make this moment of collective mourning also an opportunity to make a commitment to an ethos of pluralism, human security and democratization.”

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Bethany Saltman PHOTOS BY Megan McQuade When I arrive at Sister Adrian Hofsteter’s house, I am surprised. For some reason, I thought I would know I was in front of a Catholic Sister’s house; I thought the house might be attached to a church, or that maybe there would be a cross in the yard. I did not expect a red brick ranch house in Highland. But when Sister Adrian opens the garage door for me, smiles (as she does nearly all the time), and shakes my hand, and when I enter the house and see the little tchotchkes and the “God Bless” Easter cards on the kitchen table, I feel a little bit more like I’m in the right place. Yes, indeed, this is the home of a woman who has spent her life studying science, religion, feminism, politics, ecology—an 86-year-old woman who has committed herself to the service of other people, the great Earth, and God. In 2004, Sister Adrian’s first book was published by Lindisfarne Books. It’s called Earth Friendly: Re-visioning Science and Spirituality Through Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, and Rudolf Steiner, a title that pretty well sums up her work, excepting her years of civil rights activism and feminist challenge to Catholic patriarchy. Sister Adrian grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, the daughter of a lawyer and a strict mother. From early on, Sister Adrienne was critical of education, believing that “high school was the stupidest thing in the world.” Her disenchantment with school, in fact, led her to a spiritual search. “I wanted to find out if there was any reason to be alive,” she says, so she looked to religion. She had an aunt who lived in a convent, and therefore considered that an option. But when her brother told her that the women were beaten there—he was pulling her leg—she decided instead to go to Siena College, run by the Dominican Sisters. It is either ironic or completely fitting that she chose to ally herself with the Dominicans, the Roman Catholic order committed to teaching. Education has continued to be a central theme—and question—throughout her life. While majoring in mathematics at Siena College, Sister Adrian met Dorothy Day of the Catholic Worker Movement and was drawn to her mission for social justice, impressed by her work with the poor and marginalized, particularly African-American families. While social justice was certainly a call for Sister Adrian, and one she has continued to manifest, a visit to the Lower East Side of Manhattan in 1939 made her think twice about joining the ranks of that particular movement. The raw suffering was too much for her. And so, Saint Catherine’s Convent it was.

Not surprisingly, life in the convent was a bit tedious EARTH FRIENDLY: SISTER ADRIAN HOFSTETTER

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for this intellectually curious young woman. But in only two years, she was able to leave “on a mission,” in Jefferson, Indiana, and then to teach high school biology and math in Memphis. And


in 1953, she was allowed to go to Notre Dame to study for a PhD in zoology. She describes her training as a scientist as training in “getting ahead.” She learned how to compete, to be exacting and focused—not the skills she found she needed in order to practice her religious calling. Learning how to listen to the world she vowed to serve would soon take her in a very different direction, one that included Rudolph Steiner, psychodrama, and community-based activism. But this kind of “hearing” did not come naturally. Sister Adrian told me, “I spent 30 years getting an education, and another 30 trying to get over it.” Eventually, she would earn yet another degree, a Masters in Ministry, from Creighton College. She would also, for a time, serve as a chaplain at Creighton College, but was asked to leave by the men who ran the program, who were not comfortable with women in positions of power. The Domincan Sisters are not nuns and are certainly not cloistered. They don’t wear habits, not by a long shot. They live in the world and serve the world. As they say, “In our search for truth, our mission is to hear and proclaim God’s word, promote the dignity of persons and participate in the mission of the church through our call to teach, to heal, to serve, and to transform oppressive structures.” This means that Sister Adrian is connected to Rome only distantly. She lives on her own, follows her own heart, works with other sisters, and is sustained by donations from her community. The only thing she can’t do is sell her property. This freedom allows her the space to explore the world in ways more varied than many who live under a strict rule. The order emphasizes “study, contemplation of the interconnectedness of all God’s creation, living in simple, sustainable community, and working against the violence that alienates and marginalizes.” And so, as Sister Adrian described, this leads to a lot of interpretation among the sisters. For instance, many of the sisters, including herself, have turned to Buddhism and other Eastern religions in their growing frustration with the male-dominated Catholic Church. While Sister Adrian practices with a Buddhist group regularly, she still finds it “too rigid,” and so takes what she likes and leaves the rest, meditating daily on her own.

This flexibility in lifestyle has allowed Sister Adrian to do some fascinating work. She and Claire Danielsson, a psychodramatist, met at a Pax Christ meeting in Tivoli in 1968. Sister Adrian found Danielsson’s work so exciting, she invited her to conduct a workshop at Creighton. The two joined forces in 1980 and founded Boughton Place in Highland, named after Smith A. Boughton, leader of the Tinhorn Rebellion of the 1840s—a fight against manor lords by local tenant farmers. Boughton Place is home to the Hudson Valley Psychodrama Institute, Community Playback Theater, and cohousing and community facilitation programs. Sister Adrian has also been a deeply committed student and fan of the work of Rudolph Steiner, the founder of Anthroposophy and Waldorf education, which has led her to continue her efforts toward creating sustainable farming, including her own garden. She grows collards, kale, and rhubarb, and eats them all winter long.

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Sister Adrian how and why she moved from science to philosophy and psychology, she described her need to learn how to listen. “The only thing that brings us to our humanity is the Word that we exchange with each other. We are the only animal that has the Word.” She described learning how to quiet the mind to let God in, allowing the spirit to live through us. As we learn to listen, she told me, “knowledge comes to us like a rose to a bush.” Since spending time with her, I have become one of about 100 recipients of Sister Adrian’s daily e-mails. Each day I receive news about the growing possibility of impeaching George W., interviews with Noam Chomsky, or “mustread” speeches from International Women’s Day. I feel like I am now part of Sister Adrian’s circle of loving activity. She is a devotee of Jesus, but not a follower of exclusionary doctrine. With so much religion shaping our world politics, it is easy to see how one can become disenchanted with the whole business. But knowing that there are people like Sister Adrian in our midst, quietly and humbly sprouting roses, we can remember that peace is the point, after all, and just get back to work. 5/05

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The April sun was unusually hot and my head felt like it


was going to explode as I gasped and heaved for air. I practiced controlled hyperventilation, succeeding in nothing but making me unbelievably dizzy, rather than oxygenating my legs. I wasn’t sure if I was about to pass out, throw up, or a fine blend. Either way I had to stop pedaling and shamefully walked the hill, embarrassed in front of two veteran mountain bikers and unworthy of my shiny new bike. The very thin, energetic, and fast talking race organizer Tim Schopen (just back from mountain biking in Majorca, off the Spanish coast) and his trail-building friend Mark Sullivan waited at the top of the hill shaking their heads and laughing at me trying to negotiate a monster (alright moderate) climb up a leaf covered soft dirt slope. As the youngster in the group by 10 years, these grizzled vets had every right to laugh as I huffed, and I puffed, and I nearly passed out. They have been building trails for mountain bike race courses together for over seven years and they are the type of people who have no “off” season. If they aren’t out riding roads or snow-covered trails in the winter, they are riding rollers in their basement. A winter of pizza, beer, and fries had led me to this sorry state, and I was paying some serious dues. But because of where I was, regardless of my physical duress, I couldn’t help but be excited. I was helping uncover the mythic trail system of Williams Lake Resort for the Williams Lake Revival Mountain Bike Race on May 15th, and riding some of the most challenging and least accessible terrain in the area. Williams Lake Resort is located on Binnewater Road in Rosendale and encompasses 700 hilly ravine-choked acres that include a series of gorgeous lakes, and miles of trails on single track, double track and rail trails. To use the extensive trail system you must be a guest of the resort or purchase a season membership, which is $800 a year. From 1988 to 2000, local trail genie Tim Quiltys ran the Williams Lake race. In the year 2000 after 12 years of organizing world class races, Williams Lake Resort and Tim Quiltys decided to part ways. For the past five years the single track trail system had grown wild and tangled. For this year, Tim Schopen was asked to organize two races in the Campmor Hudson to Highlands Mountain Bike Championship Series in northern New Jersey. A driver for Fed Ex by trade, he has been racing mountain bikes and organizing races in NJ and NY since 1993, and he was familiar with Williams Lake from racing here several times over the years. On a whim, Schopen decided to try calling them up to pitch holding a race, and the race was on.

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cool air from the earth on mountain bikers, and form obstacles in the form of treacherous bottomless water filled caves lining the course. As organizer, Schopen has to consider everything and he said to me “I’m going to have to count riders to make sure no one falls in one of those things, because we would never find them if no one saw them.” The local buzz is hot for this race and with good reason. Tom LaFera, owner of Table Rock Tours and Bikes in Rosendale, and a life-long area resident, told me that he recalls hearing stories about mountain bike legends Tinker Juarez and Ned Overend showing up for the first Williams Lake races in the late 80s. He was enthusiastic when he heard about the Williams Lake Revival. He said “It’s good for mountain biking and good for the area. And it is such a great place to ride. There’s really no place like it.” As word of the fantastic setting spread over time, the race eventually drew much larger crowds, especially for the Halloween race, during which bikers would race in costume along a jack-o’-lantern-lined course. Schopen recalled his first time racing at Williams Lake in 1992. “There was no one here! I mean, no one. Hopefully we’ll get a bunch of people out for this one. It’s a really great place to watch a mountain bike race because of how the trail system is set up.” This race is an excellent one for spectators due to the clover shape of the course which takes a number of spurs off of a central carriage road loop. This enables people to get views of the pack at several spots or follow your favorite rider with little trouble. The loop winds for approximately six and a half miles and Williams Lake has all of the traditional east coast trail trappings—roots and rocks, and plenty of tire-clogging mud. Tim

and his friends have cut some new trail and mixed it with many of the favorite sections from the Classic such as the drop into the cave, a twisting descent into darkness, followed by an underground sprint to exit the other side. Twisting and turning, the trail winds through thin lines in the woods, along exposed knife edge ridges, before dropping into a ravine that you eventually have to climb out of up an almost sheer vertical wall; things can get ugly there, especially with bikers on your tail. Steep climbs are spiked with rocky descents; it’s your own personal hazardous roller coaster. This is not a fast course due to it’s technicality, although there are plenty of places to uncork some speed. It is a course that both asks and answers that elusive question: Do you know how to ride your bike? The suffering all becomes worth it on the last leg of the grueling climb up the summit trail, where riders get a beautiful vista of the hotel, the lake, and the Catskill mountains in the distance. And after that it’s all downhill, for a berserker one-mile euphoric sprint to the finish line.


The Williams Lake Revival Mountain Bike Race will be held on May 15, the second in Campmor’s Hudson to Highlands Mountain Bike Championship Series. It is open for everyone of all skill levels. For complete listing of the series, visit Register online through May 12 at Or call Bikeway at (845) 463-7433 or Tim Schopen at (845) 505-1211. The course will open for riders to preview the day of the race, so get there early because the Beginner class rides at 10am. It is $25 for pre-registration and the first 150 pre-registered riders get a free t-shirt. Or you can stroll in the day of the event and register for $30. 5/05

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Lucid Dreaming BY BETH E. WILSON

Brand ‘X’ Art ometimes I wonder if we’ve just gotten too dependent on being comfortable. Chain stores like Wal-Mart and fast-food eateries like McDonald’s specialize in flattening out the world, systematically reducing the range of experience to a very narrow—and significantly impoverished—set of standards. Operating outside the realm of the big-box prepackaged world places some real demands on us, however. You may need to find an out-of-the-way restaurant instead of heading for the drive-through. You’ll have to sharpen your eye for clothing in order to make your own judgments on the aesthetics of style and fashion. Above all, you’ll need to gird yourself to develop your own, possibly quite strong, opinions on the world and your own place in it. As much as we like to enshrine our right to absolute individuality, however, in most cases it revolves around a series of pre-fab choices—Coke or Pepsi? Ford or Toyota? Football or baseball? None of these identifiers fundamentally calls into question the system that generates the choices. What about water quality? Or the absence of an efficient mass transit system? Or the commercialization of sport as spectacle? You would think that art might provide a respite from this institutionalized, consumerist conformity. Well it does—and it doesn’t. As Walter Benjamin presciently outlined in his frequently quoted 1936 essay “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction,” the endless repetition of mass media images (photography, film) creates a world in which things are considered important because we’re bombarded by them, as opposed to the traditional “cult value” of art, which depends on the inimitable charge of the individual object’s physical “aura,” which makes unique, non-reproducible things like paintings valuable. The power of this shift toward the power of the mass media is undeniable, and ultimately unavoidable. The art world has responded by attempting to recuperate mass culture as original art (Pop Art), or by annexing the production line in order to maximize its economic return while minimizing the artist’s direct labor (Thomas Kinkade). In both these cases, the results have successfully found significant (if quite different) audiences, largely due to the familiarity of the images involved—there’s not much surprise in seeing images of either Campbell’s Soup cans or quaint seaside villages,


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but rather a reassuring continuity with the appreciative viewer’s own comfort zone.

meaning invested there. By comparison, an exhibition opening

Paradoxically, even in the most elite circles

on May 22 at the Hudson Valley Center for

of contemporary art, where the envelope of

Contemporary Art in Peekskill makes the

the shocking and the new is pushed the

pure painterly approach of the Haddad show

hardest, this concept of the comfort zone

seem pretty traditional. “Figure It Out” is “a

can kick in, but at an entirely different level.

major exhibition of contemporary figurative

Nowadays, art stars are rewarded with a

sculpture and video by a younger generation

brand-name status, and are often quickly

of international sculptors,” according to the

ensconced by the art market as producers

press release. This new museum, which

of valuable commodities, usually with an

opened in Peekskill almost a year ago, is

identifiable shtick.

housed in an impressive 12,000-square-foot

The paradox lies in the fact that the vast

exhibition space, and has groomed itself

majority of non-artworld people won’t

to present work from the fast lane of the

recognize these “big names,” and in many

international contemporary art scene.

cases find the resistance (and often downright

As a result, this exhibition features

obnoxiousness) of much contemporary art

work by a number of quite famous ‘brand

off-putting enough to avoid the experience

names,’ from Paul McCarthy to the recently

entirely, even as artworld insiders can’t seem

ubiquitous Takashi Murakami. The curatorial

to get enough of them.

emphasis on the figure here offers the

But you can’t reject everything out of

viewer a familiar framework through which

hand, just as you shouldn’t unblinkingly

to comprehend what’s going on, even as

accept whatever is presented to you as

the work is executed in a wild range of

“art.” Charting something of a middle path, I

approaches. From the use of impoverished

recommend that you visit two quite different

materials, as in Tom Friedman’s witty Garbage

exhibitions at either end of the Hudson Valley

Can, portraying a man with his head buried

this month, each with the potential to reveal a

in the eponymous trash receptacle, to Keith

new and unexpected aesthetic experience.

Edmier’s exquisitely finished, pregnant figure

At Carrie Haddad Gallery in Hudson this

of Beverly cast in translucent red resin, and

month, an exhibition of three painters may

dressed in real clothing and shoes, there are

hold some surprises, especially for those

plenty of opportunities to explore various

who normally aren’t drawn to abstract work.

artistic strategies.

Ruth Edwy discovers strongly abstracted,

For the uninitiated, looking at high-end

archetypal forms in saturated colors as

contemporary art such as this can provoke

she takes an open-ended approach to the

reactions ranging from reverential awe to

process of painting. Tracy Helgeson focuses

the emperor’s new clothes—as it ought

on more immediately recognizable imagery

to. There is no such thing as the “perfect”

in spare, richly colored landscapes that are

artwork, but depending upon how you define

clearly the product of imagination rather

and cultivate your own aesthetic sensibility,

than empirical observation. And Geoffrey

you can enable yourself to make critical

Detrani, a poet as well as a painter, lays

distinctions about art. There’s a beautiful,

shadowy, semi-identifiable plant forms

dialectical tightrope walk in allowing an

and brief passages of type across broad

artwork to challenge your preconceptions

expanses of flat but gesturally painted canvas,

while at the same time judging it based on

opening the viewer to many possibilities at

your own standards and experience. Fail to

once—negative vs. positive space, visual

commit yourself to the experience at that

vs. linguistic representation, painterly vs.

level, and you fail to do justice to the work.


mechanical expression. The works here are

When you get down to it, all art is ‘Brand

all by serious, dedicated artists, although

X’, regardless of whatever hype or reputation

none of them has yet achieved the status of

precedes it. It’s only in the active engagement


an artworld “brand,” so you may just have to

of the thoughtful viewer that the meaning


encounter the work yourself to discover the

and value of the work becomes apparent.




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Beacon: A Week In the Life For two weeks in May, 20 local photographers documented the city of Beacon—its architecture, its landscapes, and its people. The brainchild of longtime Beacon resident and photographer John Fasulo, “The Spirit of Beacon: One Week of Photography 2005” will be exhibited both online at and in an exhibition at Bulldog Studios in Beacon from September 17 through October 2. Credits: Cali Gorevic “Beacon Mill Shack”; Daniel Aubry “Hat Factory 1,” “Hat Factory 2,” “Wood Head Mannequin”

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Frankly Speaking BY FRANK CROCITTO

The Great Escape i grew up in a prison called Brooklyn. And the longest days of

my youth were spent writhing in desperate efforts at escape.

It was a Chinese puzzle of a prison, a prison within prisons—escaping







behind the more fiendish bars of yet another set of bars. Mike Dubisch

There was the family, and the entanglement of parents and siblings and grandparents and aunts and uncles and cousins and second cousins and paisans from all over the place. Plans for me, expectations to be met: Frankie’s so smart he has to surpass all others; he’s got to make a lot of money, win a national spotlight. He couldn’t be an iceman like his grandfather or a garbageman or certainly not a lawyer (Nickie the lawyer was that and he was a jerk). He couldn’t be an ordinary teacher, certainly not an artist or writer (the very directions I wanted to follow). An actor? A man of the theater? Forget it. Above all, he couldn’t be a priest—not one of those black-robed phonies who run off and gamble away the money they squeeze out of poor working people and who take their collars off to go drinking and wenching and who eat chicken on Friday—no, not a priest and certainly not a Trappist, off in some monastery with his lips zippered, no sir, not our Frankie. Oh, I was bound and gagged and in solitary confinement in my family prison. Imagine being shuttled to these fishfragranced, tomato-sauced, garlic-delightful stinking hallways that led into overstuffed houses with ladies in black stockings who rarely washed thoroughly and their stubble-faced, tobacco-breathed men who talked interminably about nothing and with great excitement while I sat on dumpy sofas, staring mutely at the lion’s paws and griffon’s claws that held up their tables and chairs. Then there was the day-to-day coercion about eating and homework, all floating on the surface of and sometimes submerged beneath the depths of emotional upsets— disgruntlements and snarling, whirling emotional explosions. And always there, hanging on a nail by the refrigerator like a snake, black and shiny, was the strap, the leather belt with the shiny buckle that was always in easy reach of my mother whenever my wiseacreing ways became unendurable. So, from that domestic prison I was allowed to escape to Public School 201, a militaristic-sounding outpost where the torture was regimented and keen. Marching down echoing halls that reeked of chalk dust and floor wax, quaking before white-haired spinsters like Mrs. Monroe, who’d batter the blackboard with her bony knuckles, the better

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to drive mathematics into our aching skulls.

what I saw when I arrived that first day was a

Each room was a tomb as dry and dismal as

quadrangle and more grass than I’d ever seen

any chamber of the Great Pyramid. It was an

in one place, except for Ebbets Field, and a

excellent place for the creation of corpses.

lily pond and benches where you could sit

If I could detect the possibility of escape

and sun yourself when cutting classes. And,

in the papers and pencils and books that

I nearly forgot, a library where I could roam

were also there, I knew I’d have to put those

the stacks in the dust and the must and the

keys together by myself, without the help

barelight bulbs on the prowl, like some

of my so-called teachers. They couldn’t see

frothing Steppenwolf, though I hadn’t heard

that they were jailers charged with keeping

of Hesse yet and found him dreadfully dull

prisoners under control, and so how could

and creaking when I forced myself to read

they ever help me escape the very place they

him because Bill Butsy swore by him and our


friendship was at stake.

I escaped, as best I could, to the street.

Bill finally chose Hesse over me, but that

But the street was the land of lunatics. On

dim old library at least introduced me to

the street, anything went, and frequently

Stephen Crane and his Black Riders, a fact

did. Situated as I was, a mainstay of 81st

for which I’m still grateful.

Street, a colorful name for a block of dull brick houses, identical but for the color of


the trim and the type of fence and whether

afforded a few benefits to denizens, I

there was a birdbath in the garden like the

continued to stagger into ever more grand

one Mr. Silvestri had. The street was dirty and

and glorious enclosures. I went to live in

clotted with people who were going nowhere

New York. I got involved in the muck and

fast and were only too eager to enlist you in

mire of theater, where the lie unadorned is

their idiocies.

worshipped and adored—they call it the ego.

o, if college was a prison that at least

All of this is leading up to my telling you

Before too long, I was swept into yet another

something that may by now seem obvious

penitentiary of the spirit. Imprisoned all my

enough—I needed a person, somebody to

life as a Catholic, I stood up for what any sane

help me get the hell out of these prisons-

Christian would—I refused to be drafted.

within-prisons. By the time I was ready for

My only escape route from the prison of

college, having somehow survived the various

the military was almost laughably absurd.

heartbreaks of young love and rejection, I

I willingly served a two-year sentence of

knew in my heart how true the saying was

what my draft board euphemistically called

about Brooklyn and boys. Brooklyn was in

“alternative service” in a mental hospital.

this boy so fully, so perfectly that I carried my

Wanting only to do something useful or

prisons about me like a mud-turtle does his.

constructive, I left the asylum’s dark corridors

I thought I’d made my great escape when I

(so reminiscent of PS 201) all but despairing of

went off to college. Not for me the foreign hills

ever finding a way out of the newest prisons

of faraway universities, with their bohemian

I’d broken into: the antiwar movement, more

college towns and innocent girls from tiny

theater and, alas, marriage.

places in exotic Wisconsin or Indiana. I

But despite it all, I was on the scent. And

was destined for—what else?—Brooklyn

one day, I discovered the man whom I’d been

College out on Flatbush Avenue and Avenue

searching for all my life.

H. I had to take two buses to get there and

To be continued next month.


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Bowing Outside the Box hen you think of the violin, what genre of music first comes to mind? You might say classical or Appalachian, or even Irish fiddling. If you ask that question of violinist Gwen Laster, however, you may get a different answer. She’s taken the violin to unexpected places, most recently smooth jazz improv. And she’s making it electric. Cornell Christie

A self-proclaimed “product of Detroit public schools,” Laster began playing violin in a typical way—group lessons in European classical, a few days a week. But in junior high, her horizons began to broaden. One teacher, who’d never taught strings before, was a jazz trumpet player. Laster spent a lot of time jamming on the piano, not just learning how to read a piano score but learning how to play by ear and establishing a relationship with more contemporary pop music. Then, in high school, she tutored under a very progressive instructor, Anderson White. “He understood the value of making sure students were able to pursue a career in music if they chose to when they got out of high school,” explains Laster. “So, he came in one day with electric violins, all different colors, just popped up with all these blue, green, red, black instruments, and these jazz string arrangements. Of course, I’m classically trained all the way from the beginning, so I’d never seen anything like electric violins. Then what he did was point to us and make us stand up and take improvised solos.” White was a professional musician who had relationships with other professionals, so he got Laster involved in the art of recording. While still in high school, Laster began playing in funk bands with musician friends, using her new electric violin and voice to pump up the volume. She majored in music at the University of Michigan, which didn’t have any jazz or improv training, so Laster dipped back into the classical realm. “It was cool, because I really needed to learn how to get my technique together,” she says. But she continued playing in funk bands, as well. While attending grad school, Laster also performed with the Dearborn and Warren Symphonies, the Michigan Opera Theatre, and the Chicago Civic Orchestra. When Laster moved to New York in 1993, her career catapulted. She played in the Broadway shows “Miss Saigon,” “Carousel,” and “Beauty and the Beast,” and she also backed up Brian McKnight, Aretha Franklin, Erykah Badu, and D’Angelo on a few television performances. Her discography includes appearances with Angie Stone, Toni Braxton, Patti


LaBelle, and Kyle Eastwood. But her favorite artists to work with have been Shaggy (Hot Shot, Lucky Day) and Alicia Keys

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(The Diary of Alicia Keys).

and I knew it would fuel my creativity. It was

“When I work with Shaggy, there’s never any

getting to be a little too much in the city for

written music. His producer is a guy named

me. I love to go now and get an injection of

Sting—not that Sting, another Sting—and

energy like that, and that’s what I want—zip

what’s good is that they know how to inter-

down there in an hour and I’m still involved

pret exactly what they’re looking for in what-

in all my city projects.”

ever track we’re recording. That’s imperative

What are some of those projects? She occa-

when you don’t have written music. They’re

sionally plays electric violin and sings with the

real serious, straight-ahead, no entourage

contemporary Haitian band Emiline Michele, a

when we’re recording. Really serious busi-

high energy mix that has taken Laster to Cuba

ness. Alicia Keys is the same way, she knows

for the Havana Jazz Fest and to Mexico for a

what she wants. ”

world music festival. Laster also teaches Euro-

Executive producer Laster is pretty serious

pean classical violin and popular improv to pri-

on her sophomore CD, I Hear You Smiling,

vate students of all ages at St. Ann’s School in

nine well-produced tracks of soulful splendor

Brooklyn Heights and does arrangements for

released last year on her own Muffymarie

the school’s string orchestra. Some of Laster’s

Productions label. Putting her strings where

students appeared in the Meryl Streep film

a brass instrument might normally be played,

Music of the Heart, which was based on the

Laster uses a modern Italian acoustic violin

life of a violin teacher in Harlem.

and Zeta Strattos electric violin, using both

“I was director of jazz strings at the Harlem

French and German bows; she also provides

School of the Arts and I got a bunch of my

feather-soft vocals on one track. The album

students to go down and audition. I created

is mostly acoustic and could be categorized

a way to work as a teaching assistant on the

as contemporary smooth jazz, but there are

movie. We filmed at Carnegie Hall for a couple

some strong, fresh, funkified grooves and R&B

of days, then a private school for the third day.

elements, and even a contemporary version

I’ve done music videos, but film is different.

of Bach’s Sarabande in D.

You know, she [Streep] actually learned how


to play the violin for this? And pretty good,

does Laster have a preference? “I don’t know

piece by Bach.”

ith all her experience in different genres,

too. She got all the way up to a really intricate

if I have a preference, but my focus is improv,”

What’s down the road for Gwen Laster? She

she says. “I’m interested in developing my

has another recording in the works, hoping

sound, so when people hear me on record-

for a release by year’s end. This time, she’ll be

ings, I want them to say ‘Oh yeah, that’s Gwen

combining musical elements from different

Laster, that’s definitely not A, B, or C. That’s her

cultures, using stringed and percussive instru-

because I know that sound.’ I want to develop

ments from Africa and India with her beloved

myself as a songwriter, composer, and arrang-

violin. “It’s going to be different, which will

er, so I’m finding the best way to do that is to

be refreshing, and it should be,” she says.

put myself in a situation where I’m a leader,

She still plays with the Sphinx Symphony, a

I’m writing my own music, I’m arranging it, and

professional orchestra of African American

I’m pulling together the musicians that I think

and Latino players who compete for cash in

interpret the way I’m writing.”

Detroit at an annual concert; the goal of this

Laster comments on her latest recording in

orchestra is to inspire other young players of

relation to her first, Sneak Preview. “The con-

color. She’s also working with the Staten Island

cept this time was to write songs and do a little

Symphony and a string quartet in Brooklyn,

improvising. It’s not so much a jazz album in

with which she plays spirituals written by

that you hear a lot of intricate development

African-American composers.

of improvisation. It was recorded with the in-

The Annual Women’s Issue of Ebony Maga-

tention of someone being able to listen to it

zine (March, 2005) featured Laster as the “Hot-

over and over again. With Sneak Preview, I’m

test and Latest in Black Music.” When asked

stretching out a little bit more, improvising

how it made her feel, she laughed. “It feels

more, but for this one I wanted it to be audible

great! Ebony has an incredible circulation, so

to common people.”

it’s really boosted my CD sales. Now I’m look-

One thing that Laster is getting into is her new

ing forward to the next...whatever. Interviews.

life upstate, since moving out of Brooklyn last

Chronogram. We always get Chronogram.”

summer. She now lives in Cold Spring, and

Gwen Laster will be performing at Backstage

is getting a little more involved in bluegrass

Studio Productions in Kingston on May 28

and Irish fiddle music. “I needed a place that

at 9:30pm. For information and tickets, call

would give me space and trees. It’s beautiful

(845) 338-8700.


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JIM WEIDER BAND May 7. Let’s skip Jim Weider’s well-known credits (The Band, Mavis Staples, et al.) and cut right to his new CD Percolator, a smokin’ album of instrumental guitar grooves featuring pals Tony Levin, John Medeski, Carlos Valdez, and others. The signs were on the wall when Weider covered Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues” (on 2003’s Remedy) the way Jeff Beck or Buddy Guy might have. 9pm. $20/17.50 members. The Towne Crier, Pawling. (845) 855-1300. WWW.JIMWEIDER.COM.

PREZ May 7. Remember how great Lenny Kravitz was before he sold out? Then you’ll dig funky artist Prez, a nouveau-retro funkster with a new CD, Welcome to My World (Perfectly Cool Records), in the can (and available at He also arranged and recorded “Ain’t No Way” for Aretha Franklin’s recent CD So Damn Happy. Uncommon Grounds Coffeehouse. 8pm. $10 (reservations recommended). Wurtsboro. (845) 888-2121. WWW.UGCOFFEE.COM.

UNISON 30TH ANNIVERSARY BENEFIT May 7. Quite the tribute when your anniversary show moves to a larger stage, namely the Julien Studley Theater at SUNY New Paltz. The modest Unison Arts Center’s 30th will include many a “Happy Birthday” crooned by Natalie Merchant, Amy Fradon, Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, Leslie Ritter & Scott Petito, the Traums, and others. 8pm. $40. New Paltz. (845) 255-1559. WWW.UNISONARTS.ORG

THE TRAPPS May 13. Their sound defines “Catskill rock” in many ways, with a down-home sound and hot acoustic and electric licks. Singer/guitarist Sean Schenker hails from an Athens, GA scene, but the other dudes, Warren Gold (lead guitar, slide guitar) and Jason Sarubbi (backing vocals, bass), are straight outta New Paltz. 10pm. $10. Joyous Lake, Woodstock. (845) 679-8100. WWW.THETRAPPSBAND.COM

CHRIS SMITHER May 14. An original blues-and-folk man, Smither is still getting lots of mileage on 2003’s Train Home (HighTone), featuring his growling vocals and finger-picking magic. Hop aboard his website for an unbelievable ride through his credits, including duets with Jorma and an appearance on NPR’s “Mountain Stage 20th Anniversary” concert. Even jazz crooner Diana Krall covers Smithers’s “Treat Me Like a Man” on her new CD The Girl in the Other Room (Verve). Next stop, Rosendale Café! 9pm. $18. Rosendale. (845) 658-9048. WWW.CHRISSMITHER.COM.

MONADE/THE ZINCS May 20. Monade is the new band from StereoLab founder Laetitia Sadier. Their second album, A Few Steps More (too pure/DuophonicHFD), features Laetitia’s trademark vocal stylings (and trombone playing) amidst minimal percussion and the band’s understated sound. (The chic Blu Lounge venue was formerly the Hudson River Theater.) 7:30pm. $17. (518) 822-8189. WWW.THRILLJOCKEY.COM.

SOCIAL DISTORTION/CULTURE May 20/27. On punk legends Social Distortion (here at The Chance), hardcore bible Altercation says they “were one of the first bands in the punk landscape to combine searing guitar hooks with Johnny Cash-inspired, rebel-without-a-cause imagery.” Culture, featuring lead singer Joseph Hill, has 28 albums to prove their legacy as one of reggae’s greatest roots-harmony bands. Just added: May 7, The Wallflowers. (845) 471-1966. $25/20 advance (both shows.) WWW.THECHANCETHEATER.COM

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Friday, June 10th, 7:30PM W O R K S H O P : Saturday June 11th


One God, many names...this is the thread that runs through HARC’s ethereal CD, Inside Chants, which reverberates through the air with the vibrations of gossamer wings. Ruth Cunningham and Ana Hernández have woven a serene disc of eclectic music using Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, and Jewish traditional chants set to both traditional and nontraditional arrangements. Hernandez and Cunningham are both musicians and “sound healers.” Their voices are light and lilting, seemingly residing in


MONK with Theo Bleckmann

a higher plane than our earthbound selves. The chants bridge the gap between the mundane and the divine, using exquisite vocal harmonies, as well as piano, medieval harp, tongue drum, flute, and guitar to allow us a little glimpse of heaven. I found myself chanting the soothing chants as I went throughout my day, even if I didn’t understand the words. My favorite is “Om Shanti” (Om, peace) which, while familiar to me from the yoga world, is presented in a unique tapestry of multilayered vocals. More information about HARC can be found at —Dina Pearlman

A Shambhala Meditation Center in Rosendale, N.Y. Concert: $25 Workshop: $125 Info/Reserve: w w w . s k y - l a k e . o r g 845-658-8556


Rich Goodhart breaks the boundaries on his fifth CD, Earth Spiral Water Sound, which seems more like a trek than anything else. He’s taking us somewhere, and it’s terra incognita. On this progressive, world beat recording, he brings a few familiar names into his tribe from the Hudson Valley and abroad: Steve Gorn (bansuri bamboo flute), Gong’s Daevid Allen (glissando guitar and vocals), Ray Jung (bass), Bar Scott, Amy Fradon, Liana Turner, and Katy Taylor (all vocals), and a few others. He even snagged Grammy-nominated Native American songbird Joanne Shenandoah for one track. To create his unique musical story, Goodhart himself, on top of lead vocals and chants, plays 25 different ethnic instruments, including dulcitar, dousongoni, clay pot, jaw harp, bendir, bazouki, melodica, and udu. The result is a dozen diverse tracks—some with vocals, some with chanting, a few strictly instrumental—and it’s multi-textured, organic, tribal, and uniquely Goodhart, fluctuating among Native American, Middle Eastern, and American acoustic sensibilities. Goodhart’s artistic talents don’t end there; he also paints his own CD covers. This triple-fold digi-pak case is vibrant, visionary, warm, and earthy. —Sharon Nichols


If you’ve seen Doug Elliot’s band Wet Paint more than once, you grasp what he means by “the paint is never dry.” No ensemble is the same twice, but the hues on his palette come up with something beautiful nearly every time. His home page ( sums it up best by describing the music as “real time composition,”—the lyrics are not improvised, and the songs have structure. This is due to the ultra-high caliber of musicians Elliot (vocals/congas) puts together. In No Name records five gigs on two discs, from either Kingston’s Forum lounge or the Hickory BBQ restaurant. The first disc is one entire set with keyboardist Pete Levin, bassist Charlie Knicely, guitarist Jimmy Eppard, and drummer Mike Kimmel. Disc two adds flutist Steve Gorn, drummer Harvey Sorgen, and others in various configurations. Every note and rhythm shines thanks to the bright recording of engineer Hans Ten Broeke. The mood changes slightly from disc to disc, the first straight-ahead and the second more experimental, but both succeed in pinpointing the art in Wet Paint’s music, and vice versa. —DJ Wavy Davy


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The Bull of Heaven ometime last year or so, I called up the Good Vibrations sex toy store in San Francisco and asked if they had consulted an astrologer before declaring May the time of their big annual event, Masturbation Month. May is the season of Taurus, the second sign of the zodiac, which is about self-possession, Emil Alzamora

self-knowledge, sensuality, desire (in the inviting rather than the pursuing way), and all forms of pleasure in general. It’s also about one’s personal wealth and resources. Psychologically, Taurus and its corresponding 2nd house reveal information about self-esteem, whether it exists or where it went. Looking at the zodiac and its symbols, Taurus is the easiest sign to assign to the ever-popular but often-maligned form of sex known as masturbation. Without so much as calling one of the many good astrologers in the Bay Area, the people at Good Vibes chose the most logical month for their celebration. There are three other signs that I would assign to sexual subject matter. There is Leo and the corresponding 5th house (romance, passion, daring interludes, affairs, as well as art, gambling, and anything involving the kinds of things young people do); there is Scorpio and the corresponding 8th house (deep surrender, overwhelming desire, and marital contracts, as well as situations where reproduction, power, money, property, or death come into play); and Aquarius and the corresponding 11th house (groups, community, culture, friends, and multiple-partner situations). But since it’s Taurus time, this month’s edition of Planet Waves will provide what I hope is the best (and perhaps only) masturbation resource guide you’ve ever had, so get ready to clip and save. There is more to masturbation than most people realize. It is the only form of truly safe sex. It’s a healthy way to explore one’s feelings. It’s part of any wholesome sexual relationship and even some friendships. Here are some places and spaces to explore. Websites A great site for teens and pre-teens. With topics ranging from Your Social Life to Mental Health to Sex Stuff, there is something here everybody and every body as well. Parents with younger children can also use the site to help their children become more knowledgable and open about these topics or to answer some of “those questions” that are common from kids. The site is very user-friendly, with a “Sexuality FAQs” page that answers over four dozen questions, from “When do I need to see a gynecologist?” to “How do I know if I am gay?” to “If two people test HIV negative, can they give HIV to each

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lotouch, this is the associated 18+ website that

liberation was in the air. Includes much ‘70s

costs a modest $35 per year and provides its

history and autobiography by the author.

members with the benefits of instant publica-

I Am My Lover, edited by Joani Blank. This

tion of stories, including many from Solo that

is a collection of photo essays (all black-and-

are too hot or inappropriate for that audience.

white) of women of all ages, shapes, and sizes

Whispering Lily is an online community with

pleasuring themselves. No household should

thousands of members, countless entries,

be without a copy. You can get it at any of the

message boards, discussion groups, internal

stores listed below.

e-mail, and as much contact information as members see fit to make available.

My Secret Garden by Nancy Friday. The truly classic collection of erotic fantasies by This is the homepage of the

women, My Secret Garden is a book that has

Society for Human Sexuality in Seattle, which

changed many people’s lives for the better,

offers a wealth of resources on masturbation

giving them permission to think what they

and all forms of sexuality. Incidentally, it is

think, want what they want, and feel what they

also the online host of the awesome column

feel. It’s a kind of exposé for any who thought

“Comes Naturally” by David Steinberg.

that chastity of the female mind prevailed.

Technically 18+, I see no reason for this des-

The Hite Report by Shere Hite. They don’t

ignation. I would rate it “parental discretion

make books like this one any more. A national


survey of women’s sexuality published in Lacking nothing in

the mid-1970s, another on my list of “No

passion, idealism, or generosity, this is the

Household Bookshelf Is Complete Without

homepage of Betty Dodson, the 1970s pioneer

It” collection.

of women’s positive body-consciousness and

Toys and Supplies

self-pleasure (who is still available in Manhat-

There are some items that nobody should be

tan for private sessions). This sprawling site

without, and you can find them at the links (or

includes many reader-submitted stories, long

stores) below. The three stores I am listing are

excerpts from Betty’s unpublished memoirs,

woman-friendly and offer shame-free, plea-

and some photos. It’s an 18+ site for this rea-

sure friendly shopping environments. They

son. There are a variety of products for sale,

all have excellent reputations.

including several of Betty’s videos (a new one

Good Vibrations ( Based in

is in the works, she tells me), and her classic

San Francisco and Berkeley, this online store

book Sex For One.

has lots and lots in the way of toys, reading The website of Joseph

material, gifts, whips, and so on. If you’re ever

Kramer, perhaps the nation’s leading expert

in the Bay Area, don’t miss it. But you can have

on Alfred Kinsey (recently knighted a Ph.D.

the online experience any time you like. Note:

for his studies on the Kinsey Reports), and the

The best sex toys are made of silicone, which

founder of the Body Electric School. I don’t

is durable, nontoxic, and can be boiled. Expect

think that there are any free resources on this

to pay between $35 and $100 for a silicone toy

site—just educational videos on masturbation


and erotic massage for sale. The Body Electric

Toys in Babeland ( Based

School still exists, and is easy to find.

in Seattle, this is also an excellent shop with


a nice bookshelf, many varieties of toys, and

Solitary Sex: A Cultural History of Masturbation

classes and seminars if you happen to be in

by Thomas W. Laqueur, the acclaimed and

Seattle. Another mecca of sexpositivism.

extremely fascinating history of masturba-

Eve’s Garden ( The site

tion. This is an erudite, carefully researched,

is both a store and a publication. This shop,

and elegantly written book that traces the

physically located at 119 W. 57th Street in

history of masturbation throughout modern

Manhattan, was begun in 1974 to supply par-

history. It explains the origin of the current

ticipants of Betty Dodson’s workshops with

masturbation taboo, tracing it back to a single

the necessary equipment. If you’re in the city,

pamphlet published by an anonymous “doc-

it’s worth a visit.

tor” in the 1800s.

Okay—that’s all I have room for. More in

Sex for One by Betty Dodson. Based on a

May at, proud supporters,

handmade book she self-published in 1974,

endorsers, and participants in Masturbation

Sex For One remains one of the few straight-


forward books on women’s self-sexuality, and

Eric Francis will be in the Hudson Valley

is great reading for everyone from teenagers

in mid-May. If you would like to set up

to granny. It is an artifact of another day, when

an appointment with him, please e-mail

a certain boldness, curiosity, and quest for


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May 05

ARIES March 20-April 19


May 20-June 21

To keep your momentum,

Life is more about who you

you’ll need to move in the

are than what you do. This is

direction that seems the

particularly true now, when

most difficult or challeng-

there is so much to do, and so

ing. Certain factors may seem to slow you

much to be. You’ll need a basis

down, but they’re the ones that you’re using

on which to make decisions

to summon your deeper strength and your

and plan your actions. The primary reference

unquestionable sense of purpose. You may

points must be within you rather than in the

have noticed that the prevailing meaningless

world. An obvious example is a choice that is

quality of life on Earth is starting to wear a

based on whether something “looks good.”

little thin, and it’s being replaced by a deep

What is not so obvious is that motives of ap-

sense of longing and searching. By all indica-

pearance often disguise themselves. And it’s

tions, this is reaching you with a particularly

a little tricky when the inner reference points

strong pull that is in truth a kind of homing

either look like worldly goals or are so subtle

signal. Please don’t make the mistake of not

we don’t quite trust them. So you will need to

listening to it because it seems too good to

be discerning, but I don’t think that’s going

be true, too difficult to be feasible, or an

to be anything less than a true pleasure and

occasion for which you would need to do a

journey of actual self-discovery. For now,

little rising up above the everyday routines.

it’s a fair enough starting point to live like

That is the whole point.

you’re free to be anyone, or to do anything,


you want.

April 19-May 20

No fire burns without a

CANCER June 21-July 22

purpose, and the fire at your

The beacons that you’re

core is the prime example in

seeing and the callings

the world. Tend both the flame

that you are hearing may

and its meaning. Both have what you might

be from faraway lands, from distant times

call life cycles, which is to say, they change,

and places, or represent goals that extend

and when you monitor those changes and

through the course of your lifetime. You

when you act in ways that are appropriate for

may surprise yourself with what you decide

the particular stage of your life, nature can act

is possible or even likely; you may determine

in your behalf. I have no doubt you’re in touch

that nothing is out of reach if you really want

with some sense of purpose distinctly beyond

it—and that is the true spirit of this time in

yourself, whether you feel you’re serving

your life. The beauty of all this is that you

someone or something, even if you can’t

have the maturity to take yourself seriously,

give it a name. Now is the time to bring that

and you have enough experience to know

purpose closer to you, or to reach toward it.

about your ability to go beyond what you’ve

Rather than ask why, honor what you already

thought of in the past as your limits. I’ll give

know. Any astrologer will tell you that a sense

you a clue as to what has actually changed:

of purpose is a kind of cosmic homing signal,

You have developed a new relationship with

and those who feel it are truly privileged.

your own possibilities, one that exists on a



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May 05

much more mature level. Everything pos-

fear—or, we could say, away from your

sible today was possible yesterday. Now

strength. While on the one hand we could

you just see things differently.

view the coming years as a time when you

LEO July 22-Aug. 23

will slowly purge your mind of everything that drags you down, we could also say

You’re now in the weeks before

you’re now on a steady course for the heart

a genuine initiation into the

of the Sun within you.

world. While Saturn does not reach your sign until

LIBRA Sept. 22-Oct. 23

July 16, that is right around

What have you been through

the corner, and it’s a corner you’re about to

the past two months? Intense

turn. This is a time in life when certain com-

for sure, and maybe the most

mitments you have developed will deepen.

fun you’ve had in a long time.

Others will fall away like they never existed.

I’m also pretty sure there are some Libras

Others will emerge as if from nowhere. But

who got knocked upside their butts, how-

there is really only one commitment that

ever the developments involved are likely

truly matters—that which you offer yourself.

to have come with several important revela-

You can use this as a model against which

tions and corrections in the course of your

to assess everything else in your life. It’s un-

existence. Whether good or bad, we could

likely to fail you, and it’s very likely to lead

surely use the word “real” to describe this

you on the process of inner-reconciliation

time in your life. Now a particular situation

that you’ve been craving for a long time. For

or circumstance is calling you in a rather

now, start assembling the pieces of yourself,

specific direction. It may be a relationship.

what you want and what you need, in your

It may be a mission. It may be an agreement

mind. Soon enough, they will lead to choices

that you need to take part in or fulfill. All in

that truly support you for who you are.

all, what you stand to gain is more important

VIRGO Aug. 23-Sept. 22

than what you are being called upon to give up. The sense of adventure that has char-

There is little you will attempt

acterized your recent life at its best is just

this month or anytime soon

a door that has opened to what is possible

that is not magnificently wellsupported by the positions of the planets and the story

almost all the time.

SCORPIO Oct. 23-Nov.22

they tell. There is little you will not achieve

A relationship is nothing if it’s not

if you truly set out to do it. Yet at the same

functional. That is the test. Functional

time you may be noticing a strange sense

means the experience of loving and

of apprehension approaching. It may be the

relating fits in your life and your

sense that something has run out. You could

life fits into it. You can look at

want for no better news, because much

the current era in your life as a time

that you’ve lived with and lived through

of experimentation or observation. You are

has served its purpose, particularly the odd

under some of the best astrology in quite

way in which your mind gravitates toward

some time supporting harmonious coexis-


Chronogram 41

SIGN-BY-SIGN tence and sharing of deep emotions. What

involved, if you have any; in any case, the

you may notice as the month progresses is

circumstance involves your family or close

that a light touch serves you well. Bring your

circle of friends, which is a lot closer to your

feelings, doubts, and contradictions up to

wavelength than you might be suspecting.

the level of normal conversation. Be hon-

Yes, you’re coming up with some pretty

est about the places within you that seem

innovative ideas that will challenge you

to make no sense or which reveal that you

and everyone else—but you are all up for

have deeper motives. Ask those close to you

it. Thank God people have you around to

about these things as well. If there was ever

keep life interesting.

a time for the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth to work brilliantly, it’s right now.


CAPRICORN Dec. 22-Jan. 20 It is true that for a while you will


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May 05

be learning the same lessons over and over, but in vastly

The past two months have come

different ways. Had someone

and gone with a surge of energy

not pointed out the connec-

in the fire sign Aries, which

tion, you might not have

has with any luck felt like

noticed that there is a continuity of theme

hitching your wagon to

from what you experienced over the winter

a train. But the unusual ad-

to what you are about to experience over the

vantages offered by the planets are hardly

summer, and for the remainder of the year.

over, and if anything, the current shift of

In whatever form it takes, you’re receiving a

energy into Taurus is leaving you with a lot

kind of workshop intensive in actual contact

less on your mind and feeling stable enough

in relationships, contact that changes you

to make one particular decision or commit-

in the very moment it is made. There is no

ment that is bound to renew your sense of

turning back from the depths to which you

purpose. One of your children might be

have agreed to go in a particular situation


May 05

with a person you may have least expected

assure you that within those endeavors there

would be there for you, but for once, you

is plenty of room for you to get your way, or

are correct not to have your doubts. What

at least find your way.

is interesting is that your own choices and growth have influenced the situation more than anyone else’s have.

AQUARIUS Jan. 20-Feb. 19 Recent events seem to have liberated you from

PISCES Feb. 19-March 20 You’re likely to see changes in your financial picture, and by all indications,


some kind of professional

mean improvements. It’s essential that you

commitment, even if they

consider your economic and creative poten-

only helped you change

tial as something tangible and real, which is

your perspective, open

more a feeling than it is a thought. If what

up some possibilities,

you learned last month has taken root, then a

or sense how you actually feel without any

space should be open inside you. That space

guilt about it. What you now have access to

is the willingness to receive the benefits not

are some experiences of living and work-

just of what you do, but of who you are. A

ing where you start off feeling secure and

partnership is involved, and someone, per-

confident, rather than having to convince

haps several people, who know you well are

yourself of anything. The possibility to be

willing to cooperate fully. That, if anything,

free that you felt so tangibly is still there;

emerged as the theme of last month’s eclips-

but where you must stay focused is at your

es and Mercury retrograde in the financial

foundation, rather than on top, such as on

angle of your solar chart. When the time

decisions, action, or ambition. It is true that

comes, make sure you state what you need

there are some situations you can’t get out

in terms that you feel are absolutely fair, and

of without causing yourself problems, but I

then be willing to negotiate.


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we wouldn’t write if we weren’t consumed and driven by the total and utter fear that we had nothing, absolutely and completely nothing to say —p

The Foreground

The Dog In My Yard

There’s the screen with some letters or figures or something on it. I’m clicking away but nothing becomes clear. More markings appear. Then more. Then still more. I scroll away endlessly. In my mind’s eye I see “the fire next time.” But it is a long way off.

In winter, when it Doesn’t snow, the Ground is Thirsty and Sad.

Liars are everywhere, Bending to kiss your cheek While whispering in the ear of The women next to her. A lover promises “I love you” Broken as soon as She walks into the room, Red dress, long legs, blue eyes. The weather forecasts “SNOW” But instead it “RAINS” It rains so hard we think It might flood. They told her she would be a star, Instead she finds herself living in a Roach infested New York City Apartment, posing “NUDE” for some Trash magazine. She is some ones daughter But, “NO” Not my daughter, Not yours. We can’t count on the Sun rising or setting, Because the idiot driving on The wrong side of the road Might run you over. We never know When it will end. So much uncertainty. I am certain of one thing As I write this poem, That the dog coming Into my yard Will most certainly Shit on my grass.

—Nicholas Beishline

—Rhonda Clare

In the foreground are sufficient dangers to watch for; with lots of small glories to contemplate. —Donald Lev

Driving Lesson Don’t race along this stretch. No one knows what waits around the bend. Trace your map to understand what is near and where you stand so that what’s at hand won’t hit you in the future. Stop signs are reminders. In time you’ll find what waits ahead. And when inclement weather rushes in around you, blinkers are like winks. Steer clear of tolls while on a search for fresh routes to explore. Though curves may not be plotted, blind spots need not make you skid. They cushion all the roads and blanket every bend. —Michele Harvey

That Lonely Winter

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door 2

door 3

door 4

door 5

door 1

perhaps door perceives its own aggressive nature closes it self to us

door knobs i nod not like asleep but as a yes turn & o pen like hand writing changed a field

we enter door split from violence the room crowded veils a film en velopes eyes the shark orders more f o o d

day is air connecting dots (do not hold the doors) is smooth dream job

a door opens is an airy space of wooden legs invitation to sitting & dining the possibility of indigestion & discussion of furniture

glish is night

—Steve Dalachinsky

do you ever dot your eyes before you look?

A Pad of Post-it Notes.

War Veteran

It sits slightly skewed, like a picture left crooked. It isn’t squared or on center; it’s corners jut out. Dangerously. The top is smooth, straight and yellow. It has a welcoming texture. The sides look solid but the apparent solidity is deceptive.

The old monk said he’d been at war for centuries…

You could slide a knife in and watch it come out the other side.

life after life… and then as if to show me

The corners are like blades, perfect, sharp. I might be afraid to touch a corner. There are three layers to the pad. The top is yellow, then a thin layer of blue and finally purple. The pad of post-it notes has a toy-like quality. A child might like to pick it up, but I would fear for the child’s fingers on the pad’s honed corners. Perilous corners. It is not a cube. It is too short for a cube. If the pad were cut in half, it might look like a confection of butter cream frosting and food colouring. This too is deceptive because it is only paper and no good for eating at all. A note can be ripped off the top and used for writing a message or a list. The adhesive on the underside of the note is strong enough to hold it to any surface. It could have “HELP” written across its face and applied to a window. It could be a love letter. It could be a shopping list: eggs, sugar, razor blades. It must be handled carefully. It can cut with one slice of its pretty yellow edge.

had not yet won, which is why he continues returning

a medallion, he said, “One day I may tire of the fight, make peace with every country on the continents of my body.” and walked away… without a word. —Rayn Roberts

Rules of War Cutlass beats saber, Saber beats rapier, Rapier beats stick, Stick beats bone, Bone beats flesh, Flesh beats just about anything. —Patrick Walsh

—Tanya Perkins 5/05

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when bruce littlefield and scott stewart initially walked into the space that would become the Rosendale Cement Company (the day after a decidedly bad dinner party), the first thing they said to each other was, “Gosh, this should be a restaurant.” The funny thing was, the closest either of them had ever been to that business was holding a waiter’s pad. Still, despite cold feet and a building with a hole in the floor, no walls, and a backyard littered with car parts and a layer of cement sludge (“which was ironic,” notes Littlefield), the couple took on the challenge. Now, three years after launching the Cement Company, the pair is opening a second restaurant, The Alamo (“Mexican food worth fighting for”), in a building just

bruce littlefield and scott stewart, budding rosendale restaurant (and laundromat) moguls

down the road on Rosendale’s Main Street that was formerly Zachary’s restaurant. “We looked at the space, and it was not our style, but the bones were our style,” Littlefield explains. The building, which they purchased early this year, also came with a parking lot containing around 50 spaces—“a miracle in this town,” Littlefield notes—and a laundromat, which unexpectedly came under their purview as well. “Two weeks before we closed, the woman who ran the laundromat backed out,” Littlefield says, leaving them with a facility housing nearly 20 washers and 20 dryers. “So we made lemonade out of lemons, and made a laundromat.” “A disco laundromat,” Stewart adds. “It’s a lot of fun. It has an arcade room and we’ve installed an Internet station, so people can come and do their laundry and their work at the same time.” The Last Wash, as it is called, opened in mid-February and offers tailoring and washing services as well. The laundromat has also cut down on the Cement Company’s expenses, an added benefit. The cloth napkins that used to cost $800 a month to launder are now being washed at the new site. Littlefield and Stewart, who’ve been a pair for “12 going on 13 years,” first found the area on a day trip from New York City in 1999. “We had rented a car for a day and we stopped at Li Daniels’ [realty] office,” Littlefield recalls. “The agent had lined up five houses to show us, and the first one we saw, we bought,” Stewart continues. After settling in their Stone Ridge home, Littlefield, who coauthored the bestselling If You Don’t Have Big Breasts, Put Ribbons on Your Pigtails with real estate diva

mala hoffman

Barbara Corcoran, helped found the Marbletown Arts Association. Stewart, who sells luxury real estate through the Corcoran Group, has been commuting over the years, but hopes The Alamo will be his ticket to staying here full-time. Though they were restaurant novices when they began, Stewart and Littlefield have created a very successful venture. They purchased the building initially from a longtime Rosendale resident, Jack Walsh, who happened to be the brother-in-law of good friends of the pair. As Littlefield recalls, he and Stewart were invited to dinner with the entire family. “We went down to the basement with Jack and his wife and

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the littlefield/stewart empire (l-r): the alamo, opening may 5; the last wash; (bottom left): inside the alamo made a handshake deal,” he says. According to Stewart, the Rosendale Cement Company, which features contemporary cuisine with a homey touch as well as a garden and outdoor bar overlooking the Rondout, served 25,000 customers last year. “We had a great year last year, and this year we are 40 percent ahead of last year already,” he adds. Stewart says the restaurant has assisted in revitalizing the Main Street strip as well. “Since we opened the Cement Company, 12 new businesses have opened in Rosendale,” he notes. The town is also increasing the number of parking spaces in the municipal lot by 70 “as a result of all of this growth,” he says. After they purchased the new building, rumors spread that they were buying up more of downtown Rosendale, including the movie theater and the town hall, but Stewart and Littlefield say there is no truth to them. “How could we take over Rosendale? It’s impossible. We want other people to invest in Rosendale,” Littlefield says. “The area between the bridge and the bridge is pretty fantastic and has so much potential.” They have their hands full for now, anyway, getting The Alamo ready for its May opening. The couple has assembled most of the same crew that worked on the Cement Company to expose the building’s hidden brick, double the size of the kitchen, install the “taco bar,” and put in the church pews for seating. There are also plans for a lounge, with leather sofas, and dancing on Friday and Saturday nights, with a video DJ. Littlefield admits that he and Stewart never work with a business plan, but says they tend to see the big picture—and notes that they have been writing a lot of checks. “We’re probably approaching the million-dollar mark,” Littlefield says with a shudder. Not that that’s going to stop them. “You just go with your

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cott Stewart, who co-owns the Rosendale Cement Company with his partner, Bruce Littlefield, says the restaurant has been designed “to include the local crowd. We have the local heart.” Since becoming a part of the Rosendale business community, Stewart has been a board member of the Chamber of Commerce and has worked on community development projects as well. Littlefield has been meeting with Congressman Maurice Hinchey to help devise investment incentives and grants to encourage others to follow in their footsteps. The restaurant also makes regular donations to local charities, and makes a point of hiring local contractors and employees. It’s something the two feel very strongly about. “I feel that anywhere you are, or we are, or anyone is, that you should be neighborly,” Littlefield explains. “It goes even deeper for us, because of the fact that we’re gay,” Stewart adds. “Rosendale, and Stone Ridge, where we live, are truly among the most progressive communities.” Littlefield cites his childhood in South Carolina, where everyone was expected to be exactly the same or “you were beaten down as a child for who you were,” as one of the main reasons he feels so committed to his current community. “The joy of our life here is that we celebrate everyone’s uniqueness through our business,” he adds. “It’s so fun for us. We see someone’s talent and see their gift, and we give them an opportunity to do something.” —MH

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meant creating “a sense of enlarged freedom” for Frederick Law Olmstead, the 19th-century father of American landscape architecture. Thanks to Olmstead, we have wonderful parklands like New York’s Central Park and elegant, spacious suburbs like Chicago’s Riverside, but it was also because of Olmstead’s ideas that Americans came to think of gardens as necessarily being huge, sweeping spaces filled more with lawns and footpaths than with fruits and herbs and flowers. Not anymore. As development steadily encroaches on open spaces, making for smaller lots, and older, traditional homes are revived into use, the traditional English cottage garden is enjoying an upsurge in popularity among American gardeners. Vivid, whimsical, hardy, and requiring a minimum of upkeep, the cottage garden suits people with little space and busy lifestyles. The cottage garden was born in the 12th century, when the plague all but eradicated the English peasantry. In order to create a workforce among the remaining peasants, aristocratic landholders began offering land and cottages in exchange for crops. Although the peasants worked the fields for the aristocrats, what they chose to grow at home, close to the cottage, was what they lived on. Planted in a simple, four-square layout, the cottage garden was used to grow food as well as medicine. Planted in groupings within the squares were vegetables, berries, fruit bushes and trees, grains, herbs, and eventually flowers, making the cottage garden practical as well as aesthetic—a romantic, hodge-podge source of food, healing, and aesthetic beauty. The traditional cottage garden (also called the “four-square”) eventually became a lasting hallmark of English culture. As the cottage garden’s popularity increased, the garden itself grew too, burgeoning with roses, grasses, shrubs, perennial flowers, and vines that crept over arbors and walls. The cottage garden eventually caught on throughout the English classes, and throughout Europe. Perhaps the most famous English cottage garden outside England is still that of the painter Claude Monet, in Giverny, France—a stepped and sprawling garden filled with rich colors and complete with lily-pad filled ponds that continues to delight visitors and viewers, since Monet designed, helped cultivate, and painted his garden over and over. But it was the English Arts and Crafts Movement of the early 20th-century that won the cottage garden a lasting place in the hearts of gardeners the world over. Its greatest influences were garden designer Gertrude Jekyll (1843-1932), who added herbaceous borders and color groupings to the cottage garden, and Vita

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Sackville-West, who created an informal, subtly colored profusion of planting within her husband’s architectural framework at Sissinghurst Castle in the 1930s. Jekyll published many books on gardening, and her Colour in the Flower Garden (1908) remains in print as the cottage gardener’s bible. As an expression of Jekyll’s painterly ideas on colour, the book takes the form of an instructive tour of her own garden at her beloved Munstead Wood estate in Surrey. Illustrations of some of Gertrude Jekyll's favourite plants augment full-color interpretations of her planting plans to convey an instant impression of her aims. But you don’t need to travel to England or France to see a stately cottage garden cultivated by a famous creative success. Corgi, Vermont, is the home to Corgi Cottage, a veritable storybook scene created by children’s book author and illustrator Tasha Tudor. There are a few ironies associated with the cottage garden, the first being that the trick to creating a successful cottage garden—that is, one that looks as if it just happened to bloom where and the way it did—is to plan it carefully from the outset. “The cottage garden is all about color, texture, and scent,” says Sharon Green, who designs and installs gardens throughout Ulster and Sullivan counties. “It’s easy to maintain if you break it down into sections before you plant, and plant for continuous bloom—using spring bulbs, perennial flowers, and perennial grasses and trellises so that the garden looks interesting even in winter.” And, says Green, although a cottage garden will bloom the first year, gardeners should not expect the traditional soft riot of flowers and vines to happen overnight. “In the business, we say that in the first year perennials sleep, in the next year they creep, and in the third year they leap,” she says. “You can use large plantings right away, or start small and watch the plants grow big—they tend to be hardier that way. Over time, the plants reseed themselves, and that’s when you get that lush cottage garden look.”

First step in cottage garden design, says Green, is to take into consideration the site’s exposure to the sun and the architecture of the house. “Determine what period the house was built in, and then figure out how the garden can relate to the house’s architecture and the landscape,” she says. “You can pick up a detail from the house and carry it into the garden. Cottage gardens need a framework—like a fence or trellis or arbor or stonework, and you can relate this to the style of the house so that you feel that the garden really belongs to the house. The cottage garden is really all about sense of place.” But before sitting down with graph paper or poring over Gertrude Jekyll’s garden templates, “take a very practical viewpoint,” says Green. “Figure out your budget range so that you don’t aim entirely out of your own ballpark. Gardens are very emotional things, and you don’t want to regret overspending later.” If a homeowner puts in his or her own labor and starts a garden mostly from seeds and divided perennials and cuttings from friends, she says, a homeowner can spend as little as $500 to have a garden professionally designed—or as little as $50 for DIY design, plant donations, and planting.

Deciding what to plant is the most enjoyable aspect of creating a cottage garden, Green says. However, along with keeping the aspect of light in the garden site, a gardener should also consider which, if any, local environmental predators can access the garden (like deer, groundhogs, and rabbits) and plant accordingly. (Deer, for instance, don’t like daffodils.) And if you’d like to attract butterflies and hummingbirds then select plants with lots of pollen. Also, a gardener should be realistic about how much time he or she can spend in the garden—although Green says most busy people choose cottage gardens. “From there, you can decide whether you want the garden to be visually colorful, your color scheme, whether you want to use a lot of annuals mixed with the perennials,” she says. “You might want to put in vegetables with your flowers and herbs, or just flowers, or even just herbs. I like to use ornamental cabbage and include vegetables for added interest through the fall.” Another pleasurable aspect of cottage garden designing is choosing a resting spot and vantagepoint for viewing the garden. “Use a stump, or a bench, or a grouping of lawn chairs,” says Green. “Plant in drifts rather than straight rows so that the garden and the resting spot is integrated with the landscape.” The most appealing aspect of the cottage garden, aside from its easy maintenance, is its versatility and ability to reflect the personality of its owner. “Every cottage garden is tailor-maid to the site, the architecture, and above all else, the person who inhabits it,” says Green. “You can have a contemporary, sparser garden to match the clean lines of a contemporary house—or not, and go for abundance. You can have a buttery yellow garden; a white, moonlit garden; or a gray garden with lots of Artemisia. You can take your garden as far as your imagination can go. You can play detective, if you have an older house—see what’s there by not pulling weeds the first summer and then let the original cottage garden that’s fallen to neglect come back. Or plant something out of your childhood. Clients ask me all the time, ‘My grandmother had this flower; can we plant it here?’” In the end, says Green, a successful cottage garden should evoke good memories—the ones you keep and the ones you create. Sharon Green can be contacted at her Liberty-based company, Green Design, at (845) 482-3659 or For a list of appropriate flowers and other plants, consult your local chapter of Cornell Cooperative Extension (contact information available at programs/hort/gardening) or visit


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“Design is in everything,” says interior designer Kir Noel. The trick in creating an interior space—whether home or office— that makes you feel good is to learn how to find its natural design and work with it. “We can find enthusiasms in every area of our lives, even in our environment,” says Noel. “It’s important how you feel about being in your house or office. If the space has been designed well, with feng shui and light and color and form and texture all taken into consideration, then it’s much easier to be there. I’ve worked in places that have terrible design and places that look great, and I know where I flow best—in a space with good design.” With offices in both Woodstock and New York City, Noel has more than 20 years experience in the business and has designed and/or built more than four million square feet of space for clients from New York City to London. But it doesn’t necessarily take Noel’s level of experience to be able to design your own living or working space to express your personality and make you feel good when you’re in it. With training, Noel believes, any of us can learn to find design elements all around us. Her course, “Designing for a Client,” which is being offered at the SUNY Ulster Business Resource Center in Kingston starting May 4, answers the question: “What is it like to be an interior designer?” Created to walk students through the basics of interior design, Noel’s course focuses on designing a specific space for a local client, finding sources for materials and making selections, and working with other trades (including contractors, electricians, and painters) and professionals (architects and building inspectors). “What is design depends on the person and the space involved,” says Noel. The course is primarily an introduction to design for ages 16 and up, whatever a student’s skill level, considering design elements like modules, layout, flow, and feng shui. Students will design an addition for a local homeowner, visiting the site and taking measurements, learning how to do scale drawings, accessing

sourcing and choosing materials, and creating two final designs for presentation to the client during the last class. If there is time, students will also learn how to bid jobs to contractors. “It may sound like a lot to squeeze into four weeks,” admits Noel, “but with my 20 years of experience, hey, look what you get.” And yes, there will be homework, but she promises it will be fun. “Some students will have no experience, some will have a bit but need to have their hands held, and some will already have a good amount of experience,” says Noel. “Some students will learn enough to design for their own homes, and others will get enough experience to ask themselves, ‘Do I really want to be an interior designer?’” By the end of the course, says Noel, all the students, regardless of their level of experience, will develop their own individual awareness of design aesthetic and know where to look for inspiration. “Look at how Henry Moore created his great huge sculptures—from going along the beach picking up stones and looking at their patterns,” she says. “Design is about what you can see and how you interpret it. Look at other people’s homes, look at magazines, go out into nature. I like to look at trees, the way they balance, their symmetry.” During the course, Noel says she will ask students to “look at the design of things they already know and love—horticulture, fashion, books—and bring looks or colors or shapes they like to their interior design.” What the course is really about, she explains, is “basic design requirements, which could be applied to anything people might be interested in doing—and that certainly includes designing spaces in your own home or office.” “Designing for a Client” meets 6-9pm on four Wednesdays (May 4 & 18, and June 1 & 15) at the SUNY Ulster Business Resource Center in Kingston. The course costs $109, with a materials fee of approximately $25 payable in class. To pre-register, call SUNY Ulster Continuing Education at (845) 339-2025.


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he first thing I ever cooked by myself was a batch of chocolate-chip cookies. I couldn’t have been more than six or seven at the time, and I somehow convinced our new, dim-witted babysitter that my mom let me use the oven by myself all the time. Standing on my tiptoes on the seat of a kitchen chair, I assembled all the ingredients listed on the back of the yellow bag of chips. I’d helped my mom make cookies enough to know how to measure everything and I had just started mixing it all together with a big wooden spoon when my chair tipped over backwards sending me and the blue ceramic bowl flying through the air. My pediatrician was putting stitches in my chin when my dad arrived at the emergency room to relieve the babysitter. By the time we reached home, my mom, still in her party clothes, was pulling a batch of cookies out of the oven. Maybe the drama of the night had heightened all of my senses. Or maybe it was a side effect of the Tylenol 3 the doctor gave me. I can’t explain it, but to this day, those were the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever eaten. Since then, I’ve been trying to make a batch of chocolate chip cookies half as good. I have spent a lifetime looking for the perfect recipe. And I’ve found a lot of great recipes along the way. Too many, in fact. The problem is every time I find a recipe I like, I find another that’s even better. And if that one’s better, who’s to say that the very best one isn’t still out there? I’m like a girl who goes on a lot of wonderful first dates but isn’t ready to commit to any of them. But a girl has to settle down sometime. So I decided to conduct an experiment, a blind taste test that would determine, once and for all, which of the thousands of chocolate-chip cookies recipes people liked the best. And on April 3, with the help of the Culinary Institute of America, a couple dozen friends and 25 pounds of bleached flour, I got my answer.

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he chocolate-chip cookie is as American as apple pie. In 1930, Massachusetts innkeeper, restaurateur, and housewife Ruth Wakefield started making chocolate cookies before she realized she was out of baker’s chocolate. With no time to run to the store, she threw a chopped up candy bar into the cookie dough thinking it would melt during baking. It didn’t melt and the chocolate-chip cookie was born. Ruth’s cookie was a big hit and soon people were coming from all over New England to get their hands on them. The recipe was even published in a Boston newspaper. Meanwhile Nestlé’s saw sales of their semisweet chocolate bar increase dramatically. In exchange for allowing her recipe to be printed on the back of the bar, Wakefield received an undisclosed sum of money and a lifetime supply of chocolate. Nestle began scoring the Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar, and even packaged it with a special chopper to make

it easier to cut. In 1939, Nestle began offering Nestlé’s Toll House Real Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels. And Ruth’s recipe for Toll House cookies has been printed on the back of every bag ever since. Every chocolate-chip cookie that followed were variations on Wakefield’s theme. All of the recipes contain the same basic ingredients: flour, sugar, eggs, some kind of fat, a little salt, vanilla extract, baking soda or powder, and chocolate chips. But a small change in the ingredients’ ratio or a simple substitution produces a radically different cookie. And don’t get me started on additions. It seems as if every pastry chef in the country has tried to make the chocolate-chip cookie his or her own by throwing in a little something extra. The results range from the sublime, (a couple teaspoons of hazelnut oil, a dollop of sour cream) to the bizarre (dried apricots.) We decided to limit our taste test to chocolate-chip

It seems as if every pastry chef in the country has tried to make the chocolate-chip cookie his or her own.

cookie recipes that fall into the traditional category. As for nuts, we left them out entirely. Nuts are the third rail of any chocolate-chip-cookie discussion; some people insist on them, while others find the very idea blasphemous, and never the twain shall meet. Culinary Institute of America baking instructor Susan Wysocki helped me select eight recipes that fit the bill. The first recipe we chose, the Neiman-Marcus recipe, is movie star famous. For years people have been forwarding an e-mail containing the story of a woman who asked a waitress at the Neiman-Marcus Café for their chocolate-chip-cookie recipe only to discover a month later that she had been charged $250 for it. Outraged, the woman decided to get even with the department store by giving the recipe away to everyone she knew. The story is apocryphal. In fact, it made the rounds in the 1970s with Mrs. Fields Cookies in the villain’s role. But in spite of its shaky provenance the NeimanMarcus recipe is often cited as “the only chocolate-chipcookie recipe.” The other recipes we tested were the Doubletree Hotel’s, America’s Test Kitchen’s, cookbook author Ann Hodgeman’s, Nestlé’s Toll House Cookie, cakey


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chocolate-chip cookies (a recipe of unknown provenance I’ve been carting around on a scrap of paper for years), and two recipes from 101 Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies by Gwen Steege: Colleen’s Chocolate-Chip Cookies and Ric’s Chocolate-Chip Cookies. Even though it was Sunday the student chefs arrived in their school clothes—freshly pressed chef’s whites and tall paper hats. As they preheated the walk-in, closet-sized ovens, Wysocki carefully instructed them that, in spite of the half-million dollars worth of state-of-the-art equipment in the room, they should prepare each recipe to the letter, the way a cookie-baking novice at home would. The difference between a home cook and a pastry chef became quickly apparent when one of the students realized the recipes called for portions of flour and sugar in cups rather than ounces. A student was quickly dispatched to find measuring cups. The kitchen was otherwise meticulously equipped, with a stack of cookie sheets that reached the ceiling and enough Kitchen Aid stand mixers for a small army. The room was quiet as the students measured, mixed, and baked. They took the assignment seriously and seemed as eager for the results as I was. The last few batches of cookies were just coming out of the ovens when our judges started arriving. The tasting panel consisted of Tim Ryan, the president of the CIA, and his family; CIA chef/instructors Kate Cavotti and Laura Dreesen-Pardus; “60 Minutes Wednesday” correspondent (and my husband) Steve Hartman; bakery owners and CIA grads Jarek and Susan Wysocki; Alice and Sophie Andrews; Dennis and Vicki Kosavac and their son Stephen; and state Assemblyman Patrick Manning. While the judges waited in the adjacent dining room, the cookies were plated and the milk was poured. I had one of the pastry students assign each cookie recipe an identifying letter (A through H) so even I wouldn’t know which cookie I was tasting. Each judge was to sample each cookie, taking whatever notes they felt necessary. Once they’d decided on a favorite they were to sign their name of the piece of paper bearing the cookies letter. For the next half and hour, the judges sat in small groups eating cookies and talking about cookies. The talked amongst themselves about things like chip distribution and mouth feel. When it was time to vote, no one had a problem choosing a favorite. Cookie H was the clear winner, getting twice as many votes as it nearest competitor. “That,” one of the pastry chefs said, “is what a chocolate-chip cookie is supposed to taste like.” Everyone in the room was anxious to find out which cookie had won, so without further ado I consulted the master list—and cringed. Cookie H, the cookie that won in a landslide, was made from the Nestlé’s Toll House Cookie recipe. The one on the back of the bag. Needless to say, many jaws hit the floor when I announced the winner. I spent the next few days in a funk, trying to figure out what went wrong. Had we given the judges too many choices? Should we have devised some sort of elaborate scoring system that gave points for balance, texture, and richness? Were the judges morons? A little research lead me to Leslie Stein, a scientist at the Monell Chemical Senses Center, a Philadelphia-based research institute that studies taste and smell. Stein specializes in finding out where our food preferences come from; in other words, why we like the foods we like. She has written many research papers on the subject with names like “Increased Liking for Salty Foods in Adolescents Exposed During Infancy to a Chloride-Deficient Feeding Formula.” According to Stein, our taste test was tragically flawed. We gave the judges too many options and didn’t randomize the order in which the cookies were eaten. But Stein wasn’t sure that a more scientific study would have produced different results. It turns out that the food we grew up with tends to influence our preferences for the rest of our lives. And the influence is even greater when the food is linked to memories that illicit strong emotion. In other words, if your mom baked Toll House cookies for you while you were at the hospital getting stitches, you’re probably going to be a fan for life. Nestlé’s Toll House Cookie Recipe 21⁄4 Cups All-Purpose Flour 1 Tsp. Baking Soda 1 Tsp. Salt 1 Cup Butter, Softened 3/4 Cup Sugar 3/4 Cup Firmly Packed Brown Sugar 1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract 2 eggs 1 12-oz. pkg. (2 Cups) Nestlé Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels 1 Cup Chopped Nuts Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In small bowl combine flour, baking soda and salt; set aside. In large bowl, combine butter, sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla extract. Beat until creamy. Beat in eggs. Gradually add flour mixture. Stir in chocolate morsels and nuts. Drop by level measuring tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake at 375 degrees for 9 to 11 minutes. Makes about 5 dozen 2 1/4” cookies.

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“The Area’s Finest Indian Cuisine”


Personalized celebrations and weddings, using fresh local ingredients to create delicious and elegant menus. Homemade artisanal breads, Hudson Valley cheese, fabulous appetizers, meat and vegetarian entrées, out-ofthis-world desserts. Claudia works one on one to custom design your menu, your party, your wedding or special event. (845) 868-7338 or (914) 475-9695. www.claudias Pad Thai Catering

Delicious, affordable, and authentic Thai cuisine served with authentic Thai hospitality to your group of six or more. Lunch or dinner served in your home by Chef & Owner Nuch Chaweewan. Please call (845) 687-2334 for prices and information. DAIRY Bobolink

42 Meadowburn Road,Vernon, NJ 07462. nina@cows GOURMET MARKETS Bella Carne

The bold tastes of Italy arrive in the Hudson Valley. Enticing ambiance meets old world flavors of traditional Italian cooking. Handmade Ravioli, Manicotti, fresh wet Mozzarella, imported Prosciutto, and many other tasty treats. Daily changing lunch and dinner specials offered along with mouthwatering selections featured in the meat counter. Catering is available for all occasions. (845) 331-4523. Totis Gourmet

Totis Gourmet is a market and cafe located at 490 Main Street in historic downtown Beacon. We feature locally grown produce, dairy, and meat in our cooking, and on sale in our market. We also provide a wide range of gourmet foodstuffs and inspiration for those who love to eat! (845) 831-1821.

MEATS Fleisher’s Grass-fed & Organic Meats

A retail and wholesale butcher specializing in pasture-raised and organic meat, poultry, dairy, eggs, and cheese. Also glatt Kosher meat and poultry. Special orders welcome. Curbside delivery available—call first. Chef/owners Jessica & Joshua Applestone will also create delicious meals-to-go on the premises including rotisserie chicken and hot soups. Open Monday-Friday 10am7pm, Saturday 9am-5pm. 38 John Street, Kingston. (845) 338-MOOO (6666). PASTA La Bella Pasta

Fresh pasta made locally. Large variety of ravioli, tortellini, pastas, and sauces at the factory outlet. We manufacture and deliver our excellent selection of pastas to fine restaurants, gourmet shops, and caterers throughout the Hudson Valley. Call for our full product list and samples. Open to the public Monday through Friday 10am to 6pm, Saturday 11am to 3pm. Located on Route 28W between Kingston and Woodstock. (845) 331-9130. RESTAURANTS Aroma Osteria

114 Old Post Rd, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590. (845) 298-6790. Bacchus

Celebrating our 28th Year! Enjoy creative cuisine with seafood and Southwest specialties in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. Offering a full salad bar; over 300 varieties of bottled beers, 13 on tap, plus a full wine list. Open Daily. Lunch 11am-4:30pm; Dinner 4:30-10pm. Weekend Brunch, late-night menu, and takeout available. 4 South Chestnut Street, New Paltz. (845) 255-8636. Beech Tree Grill

Since 1991, this funky American bistro has entertained the Vassar College/

Arlington Community and beyond with its sophisticated yet unpretentious menu that offers something for everyone in a comfortable and relaxing environment, including a fine selection of wine, beer, and microbrew that is as diverse as its clientele. 1-3 Collegeview Ave., Poughkeepsie. (845) 471-7279. Monday dinner 5-11pm; Tuesday-Saturday lunch 11:30am-3pm, dinner 5-11:30pm; Sunday brunch 11:30am-3:00pm, dinner 5:00-10:00pm. Live music Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. MC, V, AE, D. Beso

Located on Main St. in the heart of New Paltz is Beso, formerly The Loft. Spanish for “kiss, ”Beso offers casual fine dining by owners Chef Chadwick Greer and Tammy Ogletree. Fresh, modern American cuisine, seasonally inspired by local Hudson Valley farmers. Get cozy in the intimate dining room under skylights and glowing candlelit tables, or sit at the bar for a more casual experience. Housemade pastas like Acorn Squash Raviolis, Hazelnut Crusted Halibut, or Braised Beef Short Ribs. And for dessert, Maple Mascarpone Cheesecake. Private parties, families, children welcome. Dinner six days a week, weekday lunch and weekend brunch. Closed Tuesday. 845.255.1426

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4 Vegetable Dishes, 5 Meat Dishes with soups, appetizers, salads, bread, coffee, tea. Children under 8 – half price Hours: Lunch: Sat - Thurs 12 - 2:30 Friday: 5 - 9:30 • Dinner Daily 4:30 - 9:30

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Catamount Waterside Dining & Bar at Emerson Place

Located near Phoenicia and Woodstock, Catamount Waterside Dining & Bar is a great place to experience the beauty of the Catskills while you enjoy mouth-watering food. Dine Waterside and take in the vistas provided by the Esopus Creek and Mt.Tremper as you choose from a menu that includes right-off-the-grill steaks, chops, chicken and fish, homemade pastas with delectable sauces, several dinner-sized salads, and irresistible desserts. The “Cat,” as 5/05

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locals call it, has a full bar including local micro-brews and international wines that can be taken out onto our streamside patio. Join us for dinner & cocktails for a fun and relaxed atmosphere that is children friendly. 5368 Route 28, Mt. Tremper, NY 12457. We are currently open for dinner 5:00 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Panoramic views are also the signature of weddings and banquets, featuring a beautiful outdoor pavilion. For reservations call: 845-688-2444 Catskill Rose Restaurant

Four-star dining and catering in a comfortable and elegant dining room with antique art deco bar plus gorgeous gardens and outdoor dining. Chefs and proprietors Peter and Rose draw on years of creative experience to prepare the familiar and comforting to the classical and innovative. Soups and desserts made inhouse from scratch. Route 212, Mt. Tremper. (845) 688-7100. Cosimo’s on Union Ristorante & Bar

The most unique modern Italian Restaurant in Orange County, featuring woodfired pizza, gourmet Italian pasta dishes, and other specialties from our open-air kitchen. Homemade Desserts, Espresso, Cappuccino, Full Bar, Party Rooms on request. Private Wine Cellar Dining; New Expansion; On- & Off-Premise Catering; Highly Rated, Zagat’s; Award of Excellence, Wine Spectator; Winner, Best of Hudson Valley 1994-1998; “5-Star Service”–Poughkeepsie Journal. Union Avenue, Newburgh. (845) 567-1556. The Inn & Spa at Emerson Place

Choose to dine in the elegant tapestry Dining Room, in the privacy of the Wine Room, or under the moonlight on The Terrace. Extraordinary cuisine complemented by a 6,000-bottle wine collection and the impeccable service of our European-trained staff. Spa and Lunch packages available. Lunch 12:30-2:30pm and dinner 6:30-9pm served daily. Reservations required. 146

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Mount Pleasant Road, Mt. Tremper. (845) 688-7900 or The French Corner

Routes 213 West and 209, Stone Ridge, just minutes from Kingston. Experience Chef Jacques’ menu, which features recipes using ingredients from his native Franche-Comte, France, combined with fresh seasonal products from Hudson Valley farmers. The French Corner dining room and bar are decorated with antiques and artifacts from Eastern France. Families and children are welcome, private dining room available. Dinner Tuesday through Sunday and Brunch Sunday. Closed Monday. (845) 687-0810. Gilded Otter

A warm and inviting dining room and pub overlooking beautiful sunsets over the Wallkill River and Shawangunk Cliffs. Mouthwatering dinners prepared by Executive Chef Larry Chu, and handcrafted beers brewed by GABF Gold Medal Winning Brewmaster Darren Currier. Chef driven & brewed locally! 3 Main St., New Paltz. (845) 256-1700. Hana Sushi

Best authentic sushi in the Hudson Valley! Superb Japanese sushi chefs serve the best authentic sushi with extended Dining Area. Sit at the counter or tables and enjoy all your favorites from Chicken Teriyaki and Udon to Yellowtail and Special rolls. Eat-in, take-out, and private room is available. Hours: Tuesday-Friday Lunch 11:30am-2:30pm. Monday-Thursday Dinner 59pm. Friday Dinner 5-10pm. Saturday Dinner 4:30-10pm. 7270 South Broadway, Red Hook, NY. (845) 758-4333. Hickory BBQ Smokehouse

Located on historic Route 28 between Kingston and Woodstock, Hickory offers diners Hudson Valley’s finest barbecue and smokehouse cuisine such as ribs, pulled pork, smoked beef, fish and free-range chicken. Whether enjoying your meal by the fireplace in Hickory’s threestar dining room or sipping

a cocktail at the wood bar, Hickory’s staff is trained to make you feel as comfortable as you would at home. Hickory also features several vegetarian options, steaks, homemade desserts, happy hour specials, a complete take-out menu, and catering and special events in our private dining room. You can enjoy live music featuring the area’s hottest bands on Friday and Saturday nights. Open daily for lunch and dinner. 743 Route 28 (3.5 miles from NYS Thruway Exit 19). (845) 338-2424 www.hickory The Hoffman House

Located at the corner of the Stockade District in uptown Kingston, the Hoffman House is a National Historic Landmark, which during the 1600s served as a lookout for marauding Indians canoeing up the Esopus. Today, you can enjoy relaxed dining as you warm yourself near a soothing fireplace in one of Kingston’s oldest stone houses. Take a step back in time and savor the cuisine and service that the Hoffman House has been providing to their customers for over 27 years. Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner, 94 North Front Street, Kingston. (845) 338-2626. Joyous Café

Is it any wonder that Joyous Café is the most exciting new eating experience in Kingston? Whether it’s Breakfast, Lunch, or Sunday Brunch, the wonderfully prepared food and attentive service are outstanding. Open Monday through Friday 8 am - 4:30 pm Saturday 10 am 2:30 pm and Sunday Brunch 10 am- 2:30 pm. Serving Dinner evenings of UPAC events. 608 Broadway, in The Heart of Broadway Theater Square, Kingston. (845) 334-9441. Kyoto Sushi

337 Washington Ave, Kingston, NY 12401. (845) 339-1128. Machu Picchu Peruvian Restaurant

The only authentic Peruvian restaurant in Orange County, NY. Family owned and operated since 1990. Serving the community traditional dishes from the mountains and coast


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of Peru. Trained in Peru, our chefs make authentic dishes come alive. Wine list available. Serving Lunch and Dinner Sunday through Thursday 10am-10pm and Friday and Saturday 10am11pm. Closed Tuesday. 301 Broadway, Newburgh. (845) 562-6478. www.machu Main Course

Four-star, award-winning, contemporary American cuisine serving organic, natural, and free-range Hudson Valley products. Open Lunch and Dinner Tues-Sun, & Sunday Brunch. Wed and Thurs nights, food & wine pairing menu available. Voted “Best Caterer in the Hudson Valley.” 232 Main Street, New Paltz. (845) 255-2600. Visit our Web site at www.maincourse Main Street Bistro

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner! Voted “Best Breakfast in the Hudson Valley” by Hudson Valley Magazine 2003! Creative American & Vegetarian Cuisine. Gourmet breakfasts, unique salads & sandwiches, homemade soups, burgers, pastas, vegan dishes & so much more! Join us for Tex Mex Mondays & Pasta Night Thursdays! Open at 8am daily, Saturday & Sunday open at 7am. Dinner served Thurs- Mon. 59 Main Street, New Paltz, NY. (845) 255-7766. www.main Marcel’s Restaurant

Casual and comfortable dining, warm country inn atmosphere. Price range $13.95 - $32.95. Now offering daily 4-Course Prix Fixe specials starting at $15.95. House specialties : Pate Du Jour, Duck Laprousse Grand Marnier, Coquilles St Jaques, and Filet Tornodos. Marcels is proud to announce it is celebrating 33 years of fine food and service. Check out our web site for our seasonal menu@marcel or to check the date on our next jazz night. We have a complete take out menu, and catering is available. We have also recently added a vegetarian menu and a young guest menu.Our hours of operation are Thursday-Monday 5-10pm. Sundays 3-9pm.

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Located at 1746 Route 9W, West Park, NY. Call 384-6700 to place an order or to make a reservation. Maxie’s Urban Italian Bistro

22 South Front St. Hudson, NY 12534. (518) 828-9081. Mexican Radio

537 Warren St, Hudson, NY 12534. (518) 828-7770. Mina

Mina restaurant is an intimate fine dining establishment serving Hudson Valley Cuisine with French and Italian influence. Chef/Owners Natalie and John DiBenedetto craft the menu weekly to capture the rapidly changing seasons in the area. A wholehearted effort is put forth to use local purveyors, farmers, and food artisans whenever possible. A spectacular wine list of old and new-world varietals has been created using producers that preserve fine, traditional, & artisanal winemaking. The staff at Mina is very passionate about our art & are sure that passion will be reflected in your time spent with us. 29 West Market Street, Red Hook, NY 12571. (845) 758-5992. Neko Sushi & Restaurant

Voted “Best Sushi” Restaurant by Chronogram readers and rated four stars by Poughkeepsie Journal. Serving lunch & dinner daily. Eat in or Take Out. We offer many selections of Sushi & Sashimi, an extensive variety of special rolls & kitchen dishes. Live lobster prepared daily. Parking in rear available. Sun.-Thurs. 12-10pm; Fri. & Sat.12-11pm. Major credit cards accepted. 49 Main St., in the Village of New Paltz. (845) 255-0162. Osaka Japanese Restaurant

Want to taste the best Sushi in the Hudson Valley? Osaka Restaurant is the place. Vegetarian dishes available. Given four stars by the Daily Freeman. 18 Garden St., Rhinebeck. (845) 876-7338 or 8767278. Visit our second location at 74 Broadway, Tivoli. (845) 757-5055. ���������������������������� ������������������������������������� ��� ������� �������������������������������� ������������

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area. Extensive selection of entrees and daily specials, plus children’s menu. Everything prepared fresh daily. Private room for parties & conferences up to 50 people. Open 24/7. 27 New Paltz Plaza, New Paltz. Exit 18 off NYS Thruway. (845) 255-1030. The Red Onion Restaurant & Bar

The Red Onion Restaurant & Bar, a robust international bistro, invites you to join us for casual, upscale service & dining in comfortable elegance. Offering the freshest quality seafoods, diverse daily specials, and entree varieties in a glamorous new smoke-free facility. Located just outside Woodstock on scenic Route 212. The Red Onion wants you to enjoy house-made ice creams & desserts as well as expertly crafted cocktails using nothing but freshly-squeezed juices. The Red Onion also boasts the region’s most extensive wineby-the-glass program. Closed Weds. Dinner Daily 5pm. (845) 679-1223. Soul Dog

Featuring a variety of hot dogs, including preservative-free and vegetarian hot dogs, chili, soup, sides, desserts & many gluten-free items prepared inhouse. Open for lunch MonFri 11am-4pm. Redefining the hot dog experience! 107 Main St., Poughkeepsie, NY. (845) 454-3254. Yanni’s Restaurant & Cafe

Specializing in authentic, homemade Greek cuisine. Vegetarian and traditional American favorites. Gyros, Souvlaki, Stuffed Grape Leaves, Spanakopita, Tyropita, Veggie Wraps, Mythological Platters, homemade Greek desserts. All prepared fresh daily. Catering available. Bring the whole family. Open daily. New Paltz. (845) 256-0988.

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RESPONSIBLE MENSCH Edward Schwarzschild has logged a lot of miles in the past few weeks. As a participant in the 2005 First Fiction Tour, he’s spent consecutive nights in hotels in Boston, Ann Arbor, and Iowa City. After touching down in his Albany home for a quick change of laundry, he’ll fly to Seattle, LA, and Austin with First Fiction compatriots Miranda Beverly-Whittemore, Matthew Carnahan, and Marya Hornbacher before going solo.


o far, he’s lined up book signings for his first novel, Responsible Men, in 16 more cities, including the Merritt Books troika in Cold Spring, Red Hook, and Millbrook in June. The whirlwind tour is a thrill for the affable, gregarious author: “This is my vision of a book tour, getting to travel all over the country, catch up with people you know and meet new ones, go out for a drink afterwards in some smoky bar.” The First Fiction Tour was created by Cindy Dach of Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, Arizona, who hopes to entice a younger, hipper crowd to attend fiction readings by bringing young writers to nontraditional venues like comedy theaters and college town bars. The 2005 edition kicked off with a raucous crowd at Jimmy Tingles Theatre in Boston; the least well-attended event was in Iowa City, where the four authors arrived on the day that beloved Iowa Writers Workshop leader Frank Conroy died. “Everyone was in shock,” Schwarzschild says. “No one wanted to come to a reading.” Two of his former students drove all the way from Minneapolis, and he tried valiantly to focus on their dedication instead of the empty seats. “What is it about the way we’re wired,” he muses, “that always gravitates towards the negative instead of what’s right?” It’s a question his fictional hero might well ask. Max Wolinsky is a third-generation salesman who’s


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drifted away from his father and uncle’s old-country work ethic into real estate scams, selling shares in a beachfront retirement home that will never be built. He’s returned from Florida to his native Philadelphia for his son’s bar mitzvah, on the eve of his ex-wife’s remarriage to their former gardener. It’s supposed to be a quick visit, but Max finds that family ties bind him in unforeseen ways. And he can’t resist running a con on what seems, at first glance, like an easy mark. Schwarzschild lives in a neighborhood of refurbished brick row houses near the Empire State Plaza, where most of the streets are named after birds: Lark, Jay, Dove, Swan. Schwarzschild’s house is sunlit and airy, with a living room opening into the checkeredfloor kitchen by way of a baby grand piano. A vintage accordion sits by a television console so old that its screen is as round as a porthole. Schwarzschild hopes to learn accordion and fix the TV, if he’s ever home long enough. Meanwhile, they are beautiful objects, reminiscent of another time. Responsible Men has an other-era flavor as well, from the saturated, Edward Hopper hues of the dust-jacket art to its insistence on such old-fashioned values as plot and moral inquiry. Though Schwarzschild pays homage to the iconic salesmen of such landmark American dramas as “Death of A Salesman” and “Glengarry Glen Ross,” he gives each character a sly, often funny, spin. Max is a con man with a guilty conscience, who blurts out his shady plans to a woman he’s met at a bowling alley. We also meet a tennis-pro thug, a two-timing expert on eelgrass, and a Boy Scout troop that keeps

kosher, builds bonfires in urban parking lots, and has secret ties to the Chinese Mafia. “I’m interested in people who are not totally ethical or totally unethical, but somewhere in the middle—trying to do right but tempted to do wrong to get ahead, that complicated, blurry middle ground,” says Schwarzschild. He pulls out a small orange notebook and reads a few phrases from a Graham Greene epitaph: ‘The honest thief, the tender murderer, the superstitious atheist.’ These are the kind of characters I’m drawn to as a writer.” There are people for whom literature is as essential as air, and Schwarzschild appears to be one of them. His conversation is peppered with references to his “literary god” William Kennedy (the de facto laureate of Albany), rueful wishes that he’d read Proust and Joyce in high school, and regrets at the recent deaths of Conroy, Saul Bellow, Arthur Miller, and Hunter S. Thompson (“so many greats”). He’s landed a lit addict’s dream job: teaching fiction writing and literature at SUNY Albany and working for the multiarmed New York State Writers Institute. Kennedy founded the Institute in 1983 with his post-Ironweed MacArthur Fellowship, matching funds from SUNY Albany, and the support of then-governor Mario Cuomo. It sponsors an impressive roster of events, including a Visiting Writers Series, which has hosted nearly 500 literary readings; Spring 2005 guests include Maxine Kumin, Kazuo Ishiguro, and Eric Bogosian. Schwarzschild often introduces visiting writers and interviews them for the Institute’s archives. “I get

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to hang around with every author who passes through town.” He grins like a kid in a candy shop. He’s brought me to The Daily Grind, a cozy basement café whose bakery case sports a bumper sticker that reads, “Friends Don’t Let Friends Drink Starbucks.” Our table, under a street-level window, is littered with crumpled napkins and the remains of an oddly pink muffin. “I didn’t do that,” Schwarzschild tells the waitress, who laughs. He’s a regular here, often lingering to grade student papers. Schwarzschild attended Cornell, where his burgeoning interest in creative writing derailed him from the premed track. He did graduate work at Boston University and Washington University, where he wrote his doctoral dissertation on writer-photographer collaborations ranging from Walt Whitman and Matthew Brady to James Agee and Walker Evans’ Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. He taught at Sweetbriar College for four years, and was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford, where his fiction workshop colleagues included ZZ Packer, Adam Johnson, and Julie Orringer. Though he started writing the seed material for Responsible Men—short stories about the elder Wolinskys, two of which won prizes from magazines—as a graduate student in Boston, it was at Stanford that Schwarzschild started shaping this material into a novel, extending its narrative arc and adding two more generations. He’s quick to acknowledge that his fictional Wolinskys have taproots in his own life. “There’s some of my father in all of these characters, though he’s very upstanding, the kind of guy who wants to pay extra taxes, just to be sure.” The seamy Philadelphia streets Schwarzschild conjures in loving detail are his childhood neighborhood. Like Max’s son Nathan, teenaged Ed was pushed into a Boy Scout troop that kept kosher even on camping trips, although “no one sold anything, legal or otherwise, and I didn’t get to kiss any girls. I hated it. I wanted to capture that raw, teenage energy of banging heads with your parents.” Schwarzschild says his novel “comes from real emotion and memory, transformed by the imagination into fiction, but there’s real power in that emotional core.” Like Caleb Wolinsky, his father, William, works as a manufacturer’s representative, selling textiles to mills. He sometimes brought young Ed along on his rounds, an experience described vividly in his novel (“floors of looms, floors of dye, floors of sewing machines, the dust like brightly colored snow, the smell like paint and sweat and laundry, the noise an endless train running over his head”) and an essay called “Life of a Salesman.” After a buyer for a Baltimore factory asked Ed whether he’d be as good a salesman as his father someday, the usually self-contained William told his son, “You are not going to be a salesman. Because it’s a miserable job.... Because I wish I wasn’t a salesman and I don’t want you wishing the same thing someday. You can


be whatever you want when you grow up, just not a salesman. Okay?” William Schwarzschild got his wish: None of his three sons are salesmen. Ed’s older brother is a marine biologist; the younger, a lawyer. Their mother is a nurse/anesthetist whose book club is reading Responsible Men. Schwarzschild’s debut shows signs of becoming a breakout first novel. Besides the First Fiction Tour selection, it’s a Book Sense Notable pick for May. Early reviews range from respectful to jubilant; Schwarzschild seems stunned that Entertainment Weekly gave him an A- to Ian McEwan’s B. “That’s just a mistake,” he says, “[McEwan’s] Saturday is a wonderful novel.” Schwarzschild just turned in a short story collection

called The Diamonds of Philadelphia, to be published by Algonquin, and has started an as-yet-untitled second novel, which will somehow unite a male professor at a Southern women’s college in the early 1900s and another Schwarzschild, Carl, who worked with Albert Einstein and collected data that proved the existence of black holes. “I write in bursts, or what passes for bursts, during breaks from teaching,” he says. A summer stint at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts should offer a much-needed stretch of free time. But first, there are all those book signings to attend. Traveling by plane, train, and Subaru to bookstores all over the country, Edward Schwarzschild has added a twist to the family tradition: He’s a traveling salesman of literature. 5/05

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A Month of Sundays


A literary We Are the World, featuring excerpts by 16 international authors, including Tracy Chevalier, Paulo Coelho, Nick Hornby, Stephen King, Ian McEwan, Vikram Seth, Joanna Trollope, and more, to raise funds for tsunami relief charities.


This linen-bound, slipcovered gift book contains 140 breathtaking full-color landscapes, from the Palisades to the Shawangunk Ridge. Cows grazing in frost, mountain laurel in bloom, waterfalls, loosestrife, a mist-shrouded heron. For gallery information,


Putnam County author and jazz clarinetist Rothenberg offers a connoisseur’s inquiry into the musical and scientific properties of bird song. Beyond such practical functions as mating calls, territoriality, and communication, is it possible that birds sing for joy? A companion CD, also titled Why Birds Sing, is available from Terra Nova Music.


A newly revised and updated edition of an invaluable volume on natural alternatives to synthetic hormone replacement therapy. The authors offer insights into menopausal changes and cautions about corporate-sponsored research studies. Read it before your doctor prescribes.


A pocket history of the coolest instrument in Woodstock, with 65 photographs of prized collectibles, including a 19th-century Martin with an elephant-ivory fretboard, nickel-plated 1930s resonators, Les Paul Gold-tops, and a 1968 paisley Telecaster. Rock on!


Subtitled “The Intelligence of the Heart in the Direct Perception of Nature,” this idiosyncratic, quote-filled meditation by Vermont herbalist Buhner explores nature, medicinal plants, and cultural modes of perception. A paean for the green at heart.

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greycore press, 2005, $12.95


n June of 2000, writer and selfdescribed “nonbeliever” Julie Mars left her sun-splashed life in New Mexico for an upstate New York farming town to care for her beloved older sister, Shirley, a “returned” Catholic diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Seven months later, Shirley died. Depressed and despairing, the then-50-year-old Mars returned to the Southwest to explore her pain and reawakened spiritual longings by attending a different church “every Sunday for 31 weeks: a month of Sundays.” Set within this chronological frame, the eponymous memoir—part meditation on survivor’s guilt and part comparative religion primer—dutifully documents the prerequisite number of visits. Divided into chapters according to week and location, with a snapshot of each place of worship (taken by the author “with Shirley’s simple camera”) in place of headnotes, A Month of Sundays earns its subtitle. Interspersed with impressions of a variety of religious services, both mainstream and esoteric, Mars provides the back-story of her relationship with Shirley, thirteen years her senior and a mother figure to the author. In the process, she recounts the tension and drama of growing up in a large family headed by emotionally distant parents, and her own lifelong issues with faith. A lapsed Catholic, she seeks compensation for lost religion in occult traditions (such as tarot), Eastern mysticism, and Jungian psychology. Her more recent month-of-Sundays lessons, culled from Baptists, Unitarians, Jews, Mormons, Spiritualists, Scientologists, and a host of other denominations, recur in the form of epiphanies that underscore the experience of caretaking Shirley during her final days. Saintly Shirley, an expert housekeeper and divorced mother who single-handedly raises six children on a minimum wage and by all accounts is kind and generous, acts as a foil to Julie. Constantly ticking through dead-end jobs, habitually changing residences and experimenting with counterculture lifestyles, she runs “home” to Shirley in moments of crisis, sure of her sister’s unconditional love. Their believably rendered connection can bring a reader to tears, as when reading of Mars’s visit to the gender-inclusive Emmanuel Metropolitan Community Church (Albuquerque), where she is instructed to take a white candle because “someone who mothered [you] has died in the last year.” Mars waits until nearly the end of the book to reveal that the sisters experienced a decade-long “blank period” of near noncommunication prior to Shirley’s diagnosis. Such sequences doubtless made A Month of Sundays a nationally featured Borders Books “Mother’s Day” selection, though the more evocative religious subject matter and unconventional structure may have assured its place among Barnes & Noble’s “Discover Great New Writers” selections. Plainspoken language and wry humor also infuse the book. For instance, in situating St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Albuquerque on the corner of “a quiet neighborhood filled with tiny houses,” Mars paints it a creamy color with a mixture of Southwest style and Eastern features so that “it looks like breasts have been implanted onto a basic desert building.” In a typically felicitous passage, we’re told that the church fills slowly, until: “By 10:30, the place is packed. People chat across the pews, and women are dressed to kill: feathered hats, skirts slit to the thigh, hair falling seductively across one eye. There is so much perfume that I get dizzy. Children, many per family, smack each other as they recite prayers.” Elsewhere, amid the tearful saga of Shirley’s demise, the author’s remembrances provide laughout-loud levity. Joyfully written despite its inherent sadness, the emotionally honest and intriguing journey Mars follows in A Month of Sundays reads like an incantation or a blessing. —Pauline Uchmanowicz

Voices of a People’s History of the United States Edited by Howard Zinn & Anthony Arnove nation books, 2005, $18.95


uring the mid-1800s, some escaped slaves reached out to their former masters. In letters that rend the heart, they express an understanding that is both pitiless and generous to the men and women who sold their parents, wives, and children, abused and tormented them, worked them to death, and justified it in the name of a loving God. They have the real thing, these letters: forgiveness, rage, acceptance, stern judgment. Because they are written in the gracious, formal manner of the 19th century, they combine a dignity, moral outrage, and positive purpose that is impossible to find today. We cannot imagine the lives of American slaves, nor the heroic work of traveling a thousand miles to Canada. That they should survive, make a new life, travel back, return with family, and yet still reach out across that impossible distance to connect with and confront their abusers is proof, like no other, of the healing power of freedom. Freedom is the principal theme of Voices of a People’s History of the United States, an illuminating anthology of first-person, eyewitness, and creative accounts. And obscure, compelling details are what make this 665-page book special, invaluable. During the colonial period and the years pre- and post-, there were hundreds of insurrections. After the war, many disenfranchised merchants saw the landed gentry as essentially British, and the rebellions (Shay’s, et al.) continued the good fight to make the promise of equal opportunity real. It was messy. These frontline dispatches, some decades later, underscore how pragmatic our Founding Fathers really were. Self-satisfied piety was a detriment when fair play was being legislated one bloody detail at a time. Understanding the Founding Documents as defensive writings, intended to channel universal revolutionary fervor, is a new perspective for most of us. It’s such a rich volume. I can create a litany of its better pieces: the horrified officer’s letters during the “war” with Mexico; Harriet Hanson Robinson’s “Factory Girls”; the bread riot descriptions that reveal a South ripped by profiteers and landowner abuses during the Civil War; the astonishing, pivotal strike in 1930s Flint that elevated Walter Reuther, enabled mainstream unions, and saw the police fire point-blank into unarmed strikers. Genora Dollinger’s account of her baptism under fire as a union speaker, where she calls for the strikers’ families to walk bravely past the police lines, backs to the guns, in order to save their husbands, is unforgettable. This was not long ago, or far away. The unions and their members made us a better country. Ronald Reagan’s grandstanding with the air traffic controllers was a refinement of yesterday’s thug tactics, minus the brutal face. But the campaign to diminish worker protections and disenfranchise unions continues, and Zinn and Arnove remind us of its tradition and context. Some of these texts should be read aloud every year, perhaps on Americans Day (as opposed to America Day, July 4th). In every public square and high school, let’s temporarily interrupt the Rush Limbaugh lie-fest on our public airwaves. Let’s take turns and read aloud from this volume: Muhammad Ali’s refusal to fight in Vietnam, Vicky Starr’s “Back of the Yards,” Sojourner Truth’s “Ain’t I a Woman?” Most of all, we need Dalton Trumbo (the excerpt from Johnny Got His Gun is perfect). Many of these selections speak with immediacy about our current adventurism overseas, but Trumbo’s is rabble-rousing, heartbreaking literature that wakes us up. There are annoyances: Zinn’s intro claims, absurdly, that “there is no such thing as a pure fact, innocent of interpretation”; he introduces Mumia Abu-Jamal without a mention of the legitimate controversies about his murder conviction. Yet overall Zinn and Arnove have made an important, immensely readable, and timely contribution to our self-understanding. —Greg Correll 5/05

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ing literary events in the Mid-Hudson

Valley. CURATED BY PHILLIP LEVINE. Send your events listings to THURSDAY, 5/5, 5PM PETER LAMBORN WILSON & DAVID LEVI STRAUSS John Ashbery Poetry Series. Preston Theatre, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. (845)758-7425;

FRIDAY, 5/6, 9PM HUNGER MAGAZINE RELEASE PARTY Poetry reading/release party with J. J. Blickstein, Susan McKechnie, and Richard Rizzi. The Cubbyhole Coffeeehouse, 44 Raymond Ave, Poughkeepsie. (845) 483-7584.

SATURDAY, 5/14, 2PM WOODSTOCK POETRY SOCIETY Poets George Nicholson & Mark Wunderlich. Poetry reading & open mike. Woodstock Town Hall, 76 Tinker Street, Woodstock. Hosted by Phillip Levine. Free.

SATURDAY, 5/14, 2PM BOOK READING AND SIGNING Esther Cohen Book Doctor; Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street, Hudson; (518) 822-1438; Free.

SATURDAY, 5/14, 8PM ED SANDERS CD and book release party. Air Studio Gallery, 71 O’Neil St, Kingston; (845) 331-2662; $6.

SUNDAY, 5/15, 2PM JONATHAN BAUMBACH & JESSICA TREAT Reading and signing On the Way to My Father’s Funeral and A Robber in the House. Oblong Books & Music, 6420 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck, (845) 876-0500; Free.

TUESDAY, 5/17, 7:30PM DONALD LEV & BERNARD X. BOVASSO Poetry reading & open mike. Cross Street Atelier/Gallery, 7 Cross Street, Saugerties; (845) 331-6713. Hosted by Teresa Costa. $3 suggested.

FRIDAY, 5/20, 8PM THE HUDSON POETRY CIRCLE (3RD FRIDAY) Open reading in a circle. Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street, Hudson; (518) 822-1438; Hosted by Ann Gibbons. Free.

SATURDAY, 5/21 5PM LEDIG HOUSE SPRING READING Readings by Carmen-Francesca Banciu (Romania), Dörthe Binkert (Switzerland), Andrea Berger (U.S.), Mark Harman (Ireland), Dorothy Johnston (Australia), Billie Livingston (Canada), Wyatt Mason (US), Marc Weitzmann (France). Art Omi International Arts Center, 59 Letter S Road, Ghent. (518) 392-4568 x10; Free.

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The High Times Reader Edited by Annie Nocenti & Ruth Baldwin nation books, 2004, $16.95


n his introduction to The High Times Reader, Paul Krassner writes that the magazine “was supposed to be a joke—a one-shot lampoon of Playboy, substituting dope for sex—but it turned out to be a unique magazine that has lasted 30 years.” In this compilation of articles, editors Nocenti and Baldwin have chosen a diverse selection of mind-treats that help the reader to comprehend how such a creation survived, and even thrived, through the just-say-no years and the politically correct, 12-steppin’ era that followed the innocence of the 1970s, when some people believed that grass might save the world. A spectrum of voices speaks to us of a wide variety of topics. Some, like Bob Marley, Andy Warhol, Abbie Hoffman, and Hunter S. Thompson, are poignantly never to be heard from again. The things they have to say range from outrageously silly to scintillating to profound and unforgettable. Cookie Mueller’s rendering of Haight-Ashbury at a moment in time is so honest and raw that it hurts to read; Debbie Harry’s musings on why she wishes she’d invented sex are hilarious. The funeral of Jimi Hendrix, the making of the Beatles’ Sergeant Pepper album, Ronald Reagan’s inauguration, a look at Walt Disney’s secret life—High Times hit upon a lot of seminal moments of the last quarter of the twentieth century, and engaged the talents of fresh and brilliant voices to recount them. Robert Anton Wilson, for example, is somehow the perfect writer to cover a deadly serious scientific symposium devoted to debunking parapsychology—he debunks the debunkers with irresistible relish. The chronological arrangement of the articles offers a fast-forward ride through eras that may seem a little silly, until one stops to remember such current preoccupations as Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction. The magazine’s writers have a refreshing tendency not to take themselves too seriously; an interview with a man who claimed to have been JFK’s dope connection ends with writer Ed Dwyer observing, “We shook hands and I thanked him for the story—which amounted to a beguiling explanation of over a decade of American history. If true...Well, I’ll say one thing for him. His dope was indeed Commander-in-Chief in quality.” Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, on the other hand, come across as sincere visionaries in dreadlocks. Joey Ramone and John “Johnny Rotten” Lydon offer fascinating insights into the music world, as does an essay on the rocky relationship between High Times and the band that was perhaps most emblematic of the doper lifestyle, the Grateful Dead. You prefer politics? There’s plenty of that, too, from what Hunter S. Thompson really thought of Jimmy Carter to an investigative report on the founding of the National Anti-Drug Coalition by Lyndon LaRouche. Nocenti and Baldwin have compiled a work that will be important in years to come, as people seek to understand the cultural tsunamis of the late 20th century. “The corporation has a bad enough conscience buried deep inside to fear, despite their strength, every type of psychic alteration that they haven’t developed themselves,” mused Norman Mailer to Richard Stratton in a 2004 interview. The events and personalities captured in these pages seem curiously innocent in a time when the heartland is plagued by exploding meth labs and endless junk e-mails peddling Viagra and Vicoden. High Times, though, is still hanging in there and speaking its truths: A 2004 essay from Baghdad serves as a keen reminder that although ganja may not yet have saved the world, neither have its oppressors. —Anne Pyburn

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The Ha-Ha Dave King

little, brown and company, 2005, $23.95


confession: I approached reading The Ha-Ha with a few assumptions. First, that it might be impressive, but not necessarily great, since its story is told through a silent narrator, which anyone acquainted with The Sound and the Fury knows is no mean feat. And since that narrator, Howie Kapostash, is a Vietnam vet, I figured a ha-ha had to be an Asian or military term, used ironically to refer to one of Howie’s war memories. I was wrong on both counts. In fact, the novel produces the very results that a ha-ha—a boundary wall concealed in a ditch so that it doesn’t intrude upon the view—was designed for: I was taken by surprise. A 19th-century English invention, the ha-ha helped to create uninterrupted views from the mansion and its lawns of distant places of bucolic beauty: copses, lakes, meadows dotted with grazing livestock. According to The Ha-Ha’s preface quote from the New York Botanical Garden Illustrated Encyclopedia of Horticulture author Thomas H. Everett, its name “derives from the exclamation that a stranger might make upon coming upon such a ditch unexpectedly from the top of the wall.” So, what does a Victorian landscape gardening convention have to do with the middle age of an American veteran of one of the world’s most pointless wars? Absolutely everything, as it turns out. The ha-ha at the convent where Howie works not only elicits a certain thrill for him when he coasts over it on the ride-on lawnmower, but brings back war memories, and stands as a metaphor for Howie’s troubled past, current lonely life, and uncertain future. “Why am I here?” Howie asks himself, thus beginning his story. “Why?” is the question he’s asked ever since Vietnam, and the only question he didn’t ask when his draft number came up. Wounded by a land mine just weeks into his tour of duty, Howie lives with a dented forehead and the damaged left-temporal lobe-conditions of anomia and alexia, which make it impossible for him to speak or write his thoughts or his memories of what he calls his “fall” as a young soldier. Over the years he’s lost or given up everything that ever eased his pain: both of his parents, the hope of things improving through speech therapy, and a never-relished long-term reliance on drugs and prostitutes. All that remains is his beautiful, manipulative high school sweetheart, Sylvia, for whom he still pines. So it’s Sylvia’s house where Howie winds up, ready to perform yet another favor by taking in her troubled nine-year-old son, Ryan, while she goes into rehab. In the course of half a summer, Howie finally falls in love—with Ryan, with parenting, with Little League baseball, with being his own man again, with Sylvia—and then finally, out of love with her, as he discovers friendship and hope right in front of him. Ryan’s presence rallies the members of Howie’s “nontraditional household” (Ryan’s words)—two young handymen nicknamed Nit and Nat, and Laurel, a Texan of Vietnamese descent—to understand him in ways none of them expected, and Howie finds himself more expressive than he was before his wounding. Author Dave King, who divides his time between Brooklyn and the Hudson Valley, conjures a straightforward, gracefully awkward, agonizingly heartfelt voice to show us how Howie’s world shifts as he steps off the ha-ha into the sickening space of the future and miraculously lands on his feet this time. Like Howie, King has taken a leap with this debut novel and found his way. We can look forward to what he comes up with next time, now that he’s walking tall. —Susan Piperato

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omen of a Certain Age making friends with a new physiology after 40 I recently sat listening to an explanation of how geothermal heating and cooling systems work, periodically wandering off into thoughts of how my meteoric temperature changes, as a “woman of a certain age,” might be harnessed for renewable energy.


s a woman, waving goodbye to one’s reproductive years has its pros and cons. Who could miss the monthly caretaking required of the fertile years, the water weight gain, PMS, cramps, unwanted pregnancy scares (or realities), contraception, unexpected need for handwashing of lingerie? Always entertaining and full of surprises, though, the female body transitioning through menopause offers a whole new set of challenges. Until recently, talking about the “change of life” publicly was unheard of. Tamara, moderator of the menopause chat board on Susun Weed’s website, says as she enters menopause at 47, “It was almost taboo to talk about it back when I was growing up, kind of like childbirth and pregnancy.” Now, that’s all changing. Women are helping each other with ideas, support, and, above all, truth about what it’s really like. It’s great for men to know about this too. Strictly speaking, menopause refers to the point in a woman’s life, somewhere in her forties to early fifties, when she has her last menstrual period (or when they end abruptly due to surgical ovariectomy, chemotherapy, or radiation). For months or a few years before that ovarian output of estrogens and progesterone declines, and concomitant menstrual cycles becomes irregular. That transitional phase is often called premenopause, though perimenopause or “the climacteric” are more appropriate terms. A woman is considered postmenopausal when no menstruation has occurred for 12 consecutive months.

the skin. If you’ve never experienced one, you’re missing something. A surge of heat starts from somewhere in the chest and spreads to the neck, head, arms, and abdomen, feeling hot enough to melt metal and destroy a gazillion pathogens in a single surge. Indeed, Vicki Noble, author of Shakti Woman, a book about feminine power, likens hot flashes to a natural cleansing. Perspiring is common, leaving skin cool and moist, and inducing chills. Common triggers of a hot flash are certain foods and beverages (hot drinks, alcohol, sugar, spicy foods), warm environments (hot weather, hot tubs and saunas, overheated rooms and vehicles), smoking, and stress. At times they seem triggered by everything, including waking up, eating or drinking anything, shifting positions—stuff that is a little hard to avoid. At their worst, flashes and chills prevent a good night’s sleep and cause daytime fatigue, and may generate depression, anxiety, panic attacks, malaise, and emotional explosions. The perimenopausal years can also bring vaginal dryness, painful intercourse, thinning of skin, weight gain, low energy, and more—though only vasomotor symptoms and vaginal dryness are convincingly related directly to ovarian hormonal changes. The other manifestations may reflect aging in general or society’s attitudes toward aging women. Furthermore, secretion patterns of other hormones produced by the pancreas, the thyroid, adrenal, pineal, and pituitary glands are also changing in a woman’s 40s and 50s.

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wake-up call on hormone replacement

For the majority of women (60-80 percent in the US), reproductive fertility doesn’t end with a whimper, but with dramatic fluctuations in skin temperature caused by blood vessel dilation—so-called hot flashes and night sweats, or “power surges,” as empowered woman call them. More formally known as vasomotor symptoms, flashes typically last a few minutes, though in rare cases up to an hour, and occur a few or many times an hour, around the clock. Often women know when one is coming by a prescient anxiety, nausea, pressure in the head, or tingling of

Putting up with menopause’s changes is, depending on the woman, tolerable, demanding, disruptive, or absolutely crazy-making. For decades post-menopausal women have been encouraged (to put it mildly) by mainstream medicine and a youthfulness-oriented society to take hormone replacement therapy (HRT), to minimize phsiological or emotional challenges related to menopause. HRT typically consists of Premarin or a similar product (estrogens derived from the urine of pregnant horses), often combined with a progesterone-like hormone

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(like Provera, medroxyprogesterone), without reasonable evidence that doing so is safe or effective in alleviating the many things for which HRT has been prescribed. And women by the millions have taken it, even though it is approved only for short-term alleviation of vasomotor symptoms, vaginal dryness, and as a preventative—not a treatment—for osteoporosis. But a few weeks ago, the National Institutes of Health held a three-day conference, “Management of Menopause-Related Symptoms,” to reevaluate HRT in light of the Women’s Health Initiative, a massive, 15-year observational study of over 161,000 healthy postmenopausal women. That study documented higher rates of blood clots, stroke, heart disease, and breast cancer among women receiving HRT compared to a placebo. There was no evidence for protection of the heart (to the contrary) or of cognitive function, as HRT has been said to confer. Bone fracture rates were lower, but the serious risks make HRT inappropriate as an osteoporosis preventative, except for women at significant risk who cannot take other medications. “These findings raised serious questions about the safety of estrogen use to treat symptoms of menopause,” concluded the conference’s panel of experts, further asserting that “Menopause is ‘medicalized’ in contemporary American society,” and “There is great need to develop and disseminate information that emphasizes menopause as a normal, healthy phase of women’s lives.” Importantly, panel members were chosen to ensure lack of academic or financial bias—they had no pro-drug agenda. That is very different from the milieu under which estrogen supplementation began, and in which it continues today. Barbara Seaman, veteran activist for the women’s health movement and author of four landmark books and many articles on drugs and women’s health, recalls, “During the `70s, the people who were pushing these drugs [pharmaceutical companies], with no real science or clinical trials behind them, were the radical ones. We were being conservative about it by being cautious. We only took hormones if desperate because we were aware of how bad the studies were—that they were marketing devices.” Seaman’s most recent, highly acclaimed book, The Greatest Experiment Ever Performed on Women, chronicles the promotion of estrogen supplementation by the medical/pharmaceutical industry, from the early days of megadose birth control pills, when no information was given to women about life-threatening health risks, to HRT’s status as standard therapy today. “Publications of data showing a very high increase in endometrial cancer, which is the most likely risk

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if taking estrogen supplementation, started in 1947,” she says. She and other women formed the National Women’s Health Network, whose many successes included getting all women’s hormone products labeled with known health risks by 1977. “The sad part not being talked about much is that some of the women who got dependent on [HRT] were those who had not even had hot flashes in the first place, but were put on it as a preventative of osteoporosis or dementia”—things now discredited or not worth the risk for most women.

alternate estrogen interventions HRT prescriptions have dropped since the Women’s Health Initiative data started coming out in 2002, but women with debilitating symptoms may still consider it worth the risk. Seaman acknowledges the problem. “My colleagues and I kept screaming that women with hysterectomies and ovaries removed, especially when they were very young, suffered terrible menopause.” There are other approaches to hormonal replacement besides HRT, though they lack safety and efficacy studies. Actress Suzanne Somers’ books brought the public’s attention to “natural hormone replacement” and laud the benefits of looking and feeling forever young. J. V. Wright, MD, and J. Morgenthaler explain in their own book, Natural Hormone Replacement, that a woman’s natural circulating estrogens are very different in kind and quantity than what HRT provides. Natural hormone replacement instead mimics the typical proportions of three human estrogens—mostly estriol, with some estradiol and estrone—along with progesterone, DHEA (dihydroepiandrosterone), and testosterone. The only catch is that it’s not natural to expose a woman’s body to that steroid cocktail after menopause. (Incidentally, the hormones are made in the laboratory from precursor molecules in Mexican wild yam. That’s something the human body can’t do, so creams and pills containing yam itself are useless.) These estrogens are not available by prescription, but select pharmacists will provide them. Estrogen (and progesterone) supplements are also available by prescription as transdermal patches, creams, gels, ointments, and sublingual tablets. Vaginal creams help with dryness by stimulating cells locally. Each of these other non-oral delivery approaches introduces estrogen, mostly as estradiol, into the bloodstream at various levels, with unknown long-term health outcomes. Estrogens—especially estradiol—remain highly correlated with endometrial and breast cancers.

ancient allies There is strong evidence that hot flashes/night sweats and vaginal dryness are associated with the changes in circulating hormones around the time of menopause. But there is either no such correlation, or insufficient data to test for one, with other manifestations like changes in mood, forgetfulness, fatigue, back pain, stiff or painful joints, and urinary incontinence. Whether menopause-related or not, non-pharmaceutical strategies to relieve them are abundant. Susun Weed, Woodstock resident and nationally renowned herbalist, is a guiding spirit for women seeking options outside mainstream indoctrination. Her Wise Woman approach to menopause starts with great nutritional habits before menopause to build strong bones and healthy tissues, and different nutritional goals for the height of menopausal transition (the climactic) and postmenopause. Too abundant to cover here fully, the highlights include seeking foods rich in B vitamins, vitamins C and E, calcium, magnesium, and potassium, and turning to a host of herbal allies. Weed recommends taking preparations of horsetail, oatstraw, red clover blossom, stinging nettle, and seaweeds. “These gentle green allies are more like foods than drugs,” she says, and can be purchased from health food stores or herbalists, or harvested in the wild or grown locally (except for seaweeds). Other women rave about the benefits of motherwort, sage, dong quai, black (not blue!) cohosh, primrose, and a few others. Not all of them work for everyone, and some may work at some phases and not others. Scientific studies on these are few, so the key is experimentation, one herb at a time. Seek specific usage instructions from reputable sources such as Weed’s books, workshops, or website (, or other respected books, naturopaths, or herbalists. The fact that Asian women on traditional diets have less incidence of menopausal discomfort spurred the idea of augmenting American women’s diets with soy products. Indeed, soy and other legumes (and red clover) contain phytoestrogens or isoflavinoids (“plant estrogens”) that may moderate menopausal symptoms. But concern is growing that soy products are harmful because of the phytic acid, trypsin inhibitors, and hemaglutinin they contain, unless they are fermented (e.g., miso, tempeh). Susun Weed says red clover provides all the benefits of soy. Dr. Sam Schikowitz, a naturopathic doctor in New Paltz, has had the best success in treating menopausal manifestations with Chinese herbs. “Western herbalism is very well researched, but as a system, Chinese medicine has so much more history and experience around it. The real gem

of Chinese medicine is the diagnostic part. There are core formulas that have evolved for various presentations, and then I modify them for each person specifically. People see incredible improvement in hot flashes and night sweats with very simple regimens. I use a combination of Chinese herbal formulas and some naturopathic approaches if there are additional symptoms like mood changes or weight gain.” He also emphasizes attending to bone health before menopause, with preventative supplements of vitamin D, calcium, magnesium, and the trace minerals boron and strontium. There is also the strategy of riding with the changes with behavioral, perceptual, and spiritual support. Tamara finds comfort in simple and varied things. “I like to use handheld fans, take walks in nature, and appreciate yoga and tai chi. I would recommend getting rid of stressful things in your life, or at least plan time doing something you really enjoy away from people. I have a greenhouse I work in, a peaceful sanctuary.” Other coping mechanisms include dressing in natural-fiber clothing and in layers; always keeping a water bottle handy; sleeping in a cool room, but with extra covers nearby for chills; and having a private bed to retreat to.

modern support Go online and you can tap into Power Surge, a decade-old and highly lauded support phenomenon ( founded by Alice Lotto Stamm to fill a chasm in women’s access to unbiased information. (She also coined the term “power surge” to replace “hot flash,” tainted with pejorative connotations.) “The time had finally come for menopause discussions to be taken from the closet into the living room for intelligent discourse,” her site explains, and it offers everything imaginable regarding the physiological, emotional, psychological, and spiritual challenges of menopause. It doesn’t promote any specific treatment, acknowledging that each woman and her needs are different. What Stamm does assert is this welcome message: “We need to dispel the myth that after women go through menopause, they are no longer the desirable, feminine, sexual, and beautiful women they were before.” Indeed, thousands, perhaps millions, of women are turning to the practical, philosophical, and spiritual treasures of menopause that got lost somewhere in modern times. Through books, online and paper-published articles, and workshops, Weed and many others are extending the path cleared by Seaman and the Women’s Health Network, reforging an empowering framework for women’s postreproductive years. 5/05

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A remarkable group of thinkers and leaders from the realms of religion, spirituality, science, art, and music are coming together at Bard College. “Seeds of Transformation: Toward a Spiritual Renaissance in a Time of Fundamental Change,” is a public symposium, which will be held from June 3 to 5. The event is cosponsored by Bard College’s Institute of Advanced Theology and a nonprofit, pluralistic educational movement known as Humanity’s Team, founded by Neale Donald Walsch, author of the Conversations with God books. Gerry Harrington, the event’s developer and worldwide communications coordinator of Humanity’s Team (and Kingston resident), explains that many people today are deeply examining the belief systems they were taught. “People increasingly are looking at what they believe about God, the universe, life, and how it all fits together. They are recognizing that beliefs they’ve held onto are not necessarily leading to the kind of life they want or that their belief systems promised.” In response to that, many people are examining their faiths, courageously exploring new understandings about God and life and, if those new understandings align with their personal inner truth and knowing, enlarging their belief systems to include them. With the help of inspired thinkers and practitioners from many faiths, a renewed spiritual aliveness with more relevance in the world today is emerging. Shedding some of the religious dogma that divides humanity is allowing for greater acceptance of spiritual diversity. “In some ways,” says Harrington, “it’s a counter-trend to exclusivist thinking, to the growing wish of some people to reassert the fundamental doctrines of religions. Much more quietly, there has been a movement growing toward a belief in the benefits in the diversity of faiths. One of the things that I think is beautiful about the emerging New Spirituality is that it’s a rejuvenation of the faiths that already exist. It updates them, refreshes them, renders their sacred teachings even more relevant to our present day and time, and allows for diversity. It is not itself a new religion. If I am of a particular faith, I can still hold that, but it might be renewed and restored for me because it is more relevant to my life.” The “Seeds of Transformation” symposium is a landmark event that will acknowledge and nurture that trend. It includes these world-renowned authors, theologians, scientists, professors, artists, and spiritual leaders of Eastern, Western, and indigenous faiths: • Feisal Abdul Rauf, chief executive of the American Sufi Muslim Association and author of What’s Right with Islam • Shulamit Elson, spiritual teacher from High Falls, will offer

The Green Piano

Janine Pommy Vega Black Sparrow Books, 2005, $18.95


eat culture of the 1950s and 60s included writers often overlooked by today’s readers, even those who actually finish On the Road. But lately the movement’s canon is “Recapturing the Skipped Beats” (as a landmark Chronicle of Higher Education article proclaimed in 1999), typically people of color and women. A celebrity for the cause and among those identified as comprising “the first full generation of female Beat writers,” Janine Pommy Vega has released her 20th book, The Green Piano. Bestowing beatitude upon figures occluded on the margins of American counterculture, particularly those locked within the prison system, this powerful volume of verse is destined to secure Pommy Vega’s place in the galaxy of American poets. Vega, who currently resides in the hamlet of Willow (a notable setting in The Green Piano), first united with other Beat personalities in New York City when she was 16. Settling for a time in San Francisco, where City Lights Press published her first book, Poems to Fernando (1968), and later living abroad for extended periods, she also has traveled extensively in Europe, the Middle East, and South America. For nearly a decade, the artist/activist/educator has belonged to a writing group at the Eastern Correctional Facility in Napanoch; she currently teaches at two other prisons for the Bard Prison Initiative. This personal history informs the subject matter and tone of The Green Piano, its name and animus derived both from a musical vision the author experienced during an upstate New York meteor shower and an upright piano she painted (deep green with a zodiac motif) in Italy for an art collector. Awash in elemental symbols, such as water (moving and iced), forest floors, birds in flight and night sky, yet retaining the vernacular of an unblinking diarist who indicts US military aggression and social policies, the collection achieves political lyricism. Its “terrible beauty” (to quote anti-war Yeats) is tempered by Black Sparrow publisher David Godine’s knack for elegant book design and Saugerties artist Carol Zaloom’s vibrant cover illustration (a pea-green upright piano stationed under a streetlamp on a cobblestone city block as if echoing the fountain described “in the tiny square / like a giant child peeking out of a dollhouse” in Vega’s “Colosseum”). Repeated in identical stanzas that launch companion title poems, numbered I and II, the lines “someone has lifted the lid / and begun to play” sum up the author’s overall project, timely as well as timeless. Divided into four sections, the book opens with a suite of prison-themed poems. Many employ long-line, expansive compositional strategies, such as cataloguing and enumeration. For instance, statistics compiled in “The Age of Grasshoppers” document “320 billion for defense, 100 billion for a war / no one wants against a beautiful land / and its ancient people.” Elsewhere socioeconomic landscapes dissolve into quiet illuminations that reveal the monumental in the momentary, suggestive of “miniatures” penned by French surrealist Jean Follain (“Today love has settled in like a toothache” reads the first line of Vega’s “Piazza della Bussola”). The volume’s final, title section meanwhile reads like a series of vacation or political-outpost postcards from Rome, Bologna, and Sarajevo. Elsewhere in The Green Piano the poet borrows from Pan-African oral traditions, including spirituals and slave chants, exemplified by “Habeas Corpus Blues” and “Mean Ol’ Badger Blues.” “Sometimes I just don’t want to hear another prison poem,” admits the narrator of “Thoughts in the Morning,” as if addressing the ubiquity in The Green Piano of those that grimly acknowledge the incarcerated among us. But Janine Pommy Vega makes clear we cannot afford to throw away the keys, calmly insisting in the epiphany that closes “Tray”: “I have something here to share with you / it has brought me to your door.” —Pauline Uchmanowicz

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Whole Living Guide ACUPUNCTURE Dylana Accolla, LAc

Treat yourself to a renewed sense of health and well-being with acupuncture, herbal medicine, Chinese bodywork, and nutritional counseling. My emphasis is on empowering patients by teaching them how to practice preventative medicine. Great for gynecological problems, chronic pain, and managing chronic illness. Two locations: Haven Spa, 6464 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck, and Woodstock Women’s Health, 2568 Route 212, Woodstock. (914) 388-7789. Acupuncture Health Care, PC

Peter Dubitsky, MS, LAc, an acupuncture teacher for 12 years, examiner for the national board for acupuncture (NCCAOM), and member of the NYS Board for Acupuncture. He combines acupuncture, physical medicine, and traditional Asian techniques for effective treatment of acute and chronic pain conditions, and is available for acupuncture treatment of other medical conditions as well. Callie Brown, LAc, also an experienced acupuncturist specializing in acupuncture facial rejuvenation, combines her training in clinical nutrition with the latest in painless acupuncture techniques to treat the effects of aging. 108 Main Street, New Paltz. (845) 255-7178. Stephanie Ellis, LAc, DiplCH

Ivy League graduate experienced in pain management, infertility, menopause, fibromyalgia, complementary cancer care, autoimmune conditions, and digestive diseases. Combining Chinese, Japanese, and trigger-point release needling techniques. Herbal medicine without acupuncture also offered. Special post-graduate training in classical Chinese herbal medicine. Rosendale and Beacon. (845) 546-5358. The Organic Tao, Inc.

Grace Okhiulu, RN, LAc, Diplomate Chinese Herbology (NCCAOM) combines

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Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs, and Pure Sound to treat many conditions. Sound Acupuncture is a needleless technique using specially designed tuning forks, not needles. Provides certified Acupuncture Detoxification, effective for smoking cessation, certified in Constitutional Facial Acupuncture Renewal® or facial rejuvenation (needleless option available). Main Office: 515 Haight Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12603. (845) 473-7593. Facial rejuvenation at Marlene Weber Day Spas. Millbrook: 2647 Rte 44, Millbrook. (845) 677-1772. www.marlene Patients with Physical Therapy concerns are seen at Phyllis Moriarty & Associates, 301 Manchester Rd (Rte 55) Ste101,Poughkeepsie,NY12603. www.phyllismoriartyassociates. com. (845) 454-4137. Hoon J. Park, MD, PC

For the past 16 years, Dr. Hoon J. Park has been practicing a natural and gentle approach to pain management for conditions such as arthritis, chronic and acute pain in neck, back, and legs, fibromyalgia, motor vehicle and work-related injuries, musculoskeletal disorders, and more by integrating physical therapy modalities along with acupuncture. Dr. Hoon Park is a boardcertified physician in physical medicine and rehabilitation, pain medicine, and electrodiagnostic studies. His experienced, friendly staff offer the most comprehensive and individualized rehabilitative care available. Please call the office to arrange a consultation. New patients and most insurances are accepted. 1772 Route 9, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590. Half mile south of the Galleria Mall. (845) 298-6060. ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE Judith Youett The Alexander Technique

The Alexander Technique is a simple, practical skill that, when applied to ourselves, enhances coordination, promoting mental,

emotional, and physical well-being. Improve the quality of your life by learning how to do less to achieve more. Judith Youett, AmSAT. (845) 677-5871. AROMATHERAPY Joan Apter

Offering luxurious massage therapy, including Raindrop Technique, with therapeutic essential oils to relieve stress, boost the immune system, and address system imbalances. Natural animal care, individual consultations for a healthy home and personal concerns, spa consultant, classes, and keynotes. Essential Oils, nutritional supplements, personal care, pet care, children’s and home cleaning products from Young Living Essential Oils. For more information contact Joan Apter, CMT. (845) 679-0512. www.joan ASTROLOGICAL CONSULTING Eric Francis: Astrological

Consultations by Phone. Special discount on follow-ups for previous clients from the Hudson Valley. (206) 854-3931. Lots to explore on the Web at BODY & SKIN CARE Absolute Laser , LLC

Absolute Laser offers commitment to beautiful skin through outstanding care and service. Offering Laser Hair Removal, Microdermabrasion, Vitalize Peel, and Fotofacial RF. The Fotofacial RF is the next generation in high-tech skin enhancement. These gentle, no downtime treatments are used to improve cosmetic appearance of the face, neck, hands, and body. The results are brighter, smoother, more radiant and luminescent skin. This process delivers results that skin care products alone cannot do! Recover and rediscover the youth and vitality of your skin. Call for a complimentary consultation: Janice DiGiovanni, (845) 876-7100. Springbrook Medical Park, Rhinebeck.

Blissful Beauty by Brenda

Relax and revive with a professional beauty treatment from Brenda Montgomery, Licensed Aesthetician. Specializing in Burnham Systems Facial Rejuvenation, Belavi Facelift Massage, Anti-Aging facials, Acne treatments, and Body treatments. Also offering airbrushed makeup for a flawless, natural look for your next big event. Your skin is not replaceable; let Brenda help you put your best face forward! Call (845) 616-9818. Made With Love

Handcrafted lotions, crèmes, and potions to nurture the skin and soul! Therapeutic oils, salves, and bath salts made with the curative properties of herbal-infused oils and pure essential oils. No petroleum, mineral oils, or chemicals are used. Host a home party! Products available at Hudson Valley Therapeutic Massage, 171 Main Street, New Paltz. For a full product catalogue e-mail or call (845) 255-5207. BODY AWARENESS Body Central

Body Central Massage and Body Therapies is a multiple-therapist massage studio offering a variety of bodywork promoting injury recovery, pain management, stress reduction, and emotional balance. Treatments are tailored to the specific needs of clients. Therapies include facials, massage, ultrasonic facials, manicures, pedicures, reiki, acupuncture, body treatments, chemical peels, waxing, henna tattooing, hot stone massage, and craniosacral therapy. 8 Livingston Street, Rhinebeck. (845) 876-7222.

words to contact the physical tension that limits our full experience of life. As the body relaxes or releases this muscular tension, awareness of the underlying purpose of this tension can become conscious. Rosen Method provides the safety to hear from within what is true for us and to trust that truth. Transformation then becomes possible. Julie Zweig, MA. (845) 255-3566. BODYWORK bodhi studio

Through bodywork one can connect with the body's own inherent wisdom and self healing abilities. With skill, intuition, and care, we offer therapeutic massage, bodhiwork, Reiki, warm stone massage, aromatherapy, earconing, and a full range of ayurvedic treatments including Shirodara, Abyanga, and Swedna. Melinda Pizzano, LMT and Helen Andersson, D.Ay. Call for an appointment. (518) 828-2233. CHI GONG/TAI CHI CHUAN Second Generation Yang

Spiritual alchemy practices of ancient Taoist sorcerers yielded these two treasures of internal arts. Chi Gong prepared the body to withstand rigorous training and overcome the battle with time. Tai Chi Chuan became the expression of the energy in movement and self-defense. These practices have brought health, vitality, and youthfulness to myself and my students. The only requirement is determined practice of the principles and the will to persevere. Call Hawks, (845) 687-8721. CHILDBIRTH Catskill Mountain Midwifery


See Midwifery.

Body of Wisdom Counseling & Healing Services. By integrating traditional and alternative therapy/ healing approaches, including Body-Centered Psychotherapy, IMAGO Couples’ Counseling, and Kabbalistic Healing, I aim to offer tools for self healing, to assist individuals and couples to open blocks to their softer heart energy, thereby increasing their capacity to cope, create in the world, and love. Offices in Poughkeepsie and New Paltz. (845) 485-5933.

Kary Broffman, RN, CH

Rosen Method Bodywork

The physical body is the gateway to our emotional and spiritual being. Rosen Method uses touch and

See Hypnotherapy. Judy Joffee, CMN, MSN

See Midwifery. CHINESE HEALING ARTS Chinese Healing Arts Center

The Wu Tang Chuan Kung Association was founded by Doctor Tzu Kuo Shih and his family for the purpose of providing the American public with instruction in the ancient Chinese arts of Tai Chi Chuan, Chi Kung, and traditional Chinese Medicine. 264 Smith Avenue, Kingston. (845) 338-6045 or (203) 748-8107.


Dr. David Ness is a Certified Active Release Techniques ® (ART) Provider and Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner® specializing in helping athletes and active people quickly relieve their pain and heal their injuries. In addition to providing traditional chiropractic care, Dr. Ness utilizes ART® to remove scar tissue and adhesions in order to restore mobility, flexibility, and strength faster than standard treatments will allow. If you have an injury that has not responded to treatment, call Dr. Ness for an appointment today. (845) 255-1200. Dr. Bruce Schneider

New Paltz, New York 12561. (845) 255-4424. COACHING Mind-Body-Spirit Connections, Sheila Pearl, MSW

See Consegrity. COLON HYDROTHERAPY Connie Schneider, Advanced Level I-ACT Certified Colon Hydrotherapist

Colon Hydrotherapy is a safe, gentle, cleansing process. Clean and private office. A healthy functioning colon can decrease internal toxicity and improve digestion; basics for a healthy body. New Paltz, NY. (845) 256-1516. See display ad. COUNSELING SERVICES Elizabeth Cunningham, MSC

Counselor, interfaith minister, and novelist, Elizabeth brings humor, compassion, and a deep understanding of story to a spirited counseling practice for individuals and couples. If you are facing loss, crisis in faith, creative block, conflict in relationship, Elizabeth invites you to become a detective and investigate your own unfolding mystery. 44 Schultzville Road, Staatsburg. (845) 266-4477. E-mail: CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY Craniosacral Therapy

A gentle, hands-on method for enhancing the body’s own healing capabilities through the craniosacral rhythm. Craniosacral aids in the release of stress-related conditions such as anxiety, nervousness, insomnia, depression, digestive, menstrual, and other problems with organ 5/05

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function, breathing difficulties, and headaches. Increase energy, reduce pain, and improve immune system function. Effective for whiplash, TMJ, sciatica, fibromyalgia, scoliosis, arthritis, low back tension, and chronic pain. Also helpful for children with birth trauma, learning difficulties, chronic ear problems, and hyperactivity. Hudson Valley Therapeutic Massage, Michele Tomasicchio, LMT. (845) 255-4832.

Call (845) 855-0550 or e-mail

DENTISTRY The Center For Advanced Dentistry Bruce D. Kurek, DDS, FAGD Jaime O. Stauss, DMD

HEALING SCHOOLS One Light Healing Touch: Healer Training School

Setting the standards for excellence in dentistry for more than 25 years, the Center for Advanced Dentistry attracts clients from throughout the northeast and abroad. Their client-centered approach to providing comprehensive dental services for adults and children includes “old school” care and concern combined with the latest technologies. The office is conveniently located 1.5 miles east of the NYS Thruway, exit 18. 494 Route 299, Highland. www.thecenterforadvanced (845) 691-5600. Fax (845)691-8633. DREAMS & ART Earthdreams Gallery

Karen Silverstein, Dreampainter, Dreamteacher, and apprentice of Robert Moss, offers ongoing adventures in Dream Travel. Classes offered include: Beginner Active Dream classes, 1-day dream workshops, and Draw-Relax-Dream classes. Come take a class or view dream paintings on display at the Earthdreams Gallery within the Healing Arts Center of Pawling, 54 East Main St., Pawling.

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FENG SHUI Healing By Design

Feng Shui consultations, classes. Explore how Feng Shui can increase the flow of abundance, joy, and well-being in your life. Create your home or office to support your goals and dreams. Contact Betsy Stang at or (845) 679-6347

Join us for an empowering, life-changing, six-month, transformational training. This comprehensive program includes: Meditation, Visualization, Sound work, Breath work, Movement, Sacred Ceremony, Essential Grounding and Releasing Practices, and 33 Professional Healing Techniques. School starts September 23, 2005. Free special intro evening: Self-Healing with OLHT May 6, 7:00-9:00pm; Special Introductory Weekend: Access Your Healing Potential May 7-8 (NYSNA CEU’s available). Ron Lavin, MA, founder and director of the international OLHT schools, is a respected spiritual healer with 26 years of experience. He heads seven OLHT schools in Germany and one in Rhinebeck, NY. He has worked with the NIH in Distance Healing for eight years. Appointments and Distance Healing sessions are available in Rhinebeck, NY. Call (845) 876-0259 or e-mail www. HEALTH & HEALING FACILITIES The Sanctuary: A Place for Healing

A quaint healing center in a quiet part of downtown New

Paltz. Specializing in Craniosacral Therapy, Stress Point Release through Chiropractic, Swedish & Sports Massage, Shiatsu, and Energetic Reiki. New offerings include meditation and nutritional counseling. 5 Academy Street, New Paltz. Call for an appointment. (845) 255-3337. HEALTH FOOD Pleasant Stone Farm

130 Dolson Avenue, Middletown, NY. pleasantstonefarm@ (845) 343-4040. HEALTH PUBLICATIONS Hudson Valley Healthy Living

A comprehensive directory of Mid-Hudson health services, products, and practitioners, along with articles on health issues of interest. Published biannually (April/October) by Luminary Publishing, Inc., the creators of Chronogram, 50,000 copies are distributed in the region throughout the year. Contents are also available on the Web at The upcoming Spring/ Summer 2005 issue will be available in March. See for advertising rates or call the HVHL sales team at (845) 334-8600. HERBS Monarda Herbal Apothecary

In honoring the diversity, uniqueness, and strength of nature for nourishment and healing, we offer organic and ecologically wildcrafted herbs using tradition as our guide. Certified Organic Alcohol Tinctures, Teas, Salves, Essential Oils, and more. Product Catalog $1. Workshops and Internships. (845) 688-2122.

HOLISTIC CENTERS Annette’s Heart and Soul Holistic Center

Annette’s Heart and Soul is a non-profit, non-denominational ministry dedicated to helping you heal your heart and soul while enhancing your body. We have some of the most gifted spiritual counselors and body workers, who are fully trained in many areas. We offer fully accredited classes and much, much more. Twice a month we hold “Reunions,” getting in touch with those we have loved and lost. 500 Main Street, Beacon, NY 12508. (845) 440-0724. HOLISTIC HEALTH Body of Truth

Body of Truth®: The Place for Whole Health. Body of Truth®: The Spa at Stone Ridge. Treatment team, with over 200 years joint experience, offers unique healing approach using the mind to heal the body and the body to release the mind. Licensed practitioners offer continuity of care with local medical community. Kingston & Stone Ridge. (845) 331-1178, fax (845) 331-2955. Priscilla A. Bright, MA, Energy Healer/Counselor

Specializing in women’s stress, emotional issues, and physical illness, including stress-related anxiety, depression, and physical burnout. Women in transition, businesswomen, mothers, all welcome. Experienced counselor. Faculty, Barbara Brennan School of Healing. Convenient offices in Kingston & New Paltz. Initial phone consultation no charge. (845) 688-7175. John M. Carroll, Healer

John Carroll is an intuitive healer, teacher, and spiritual counselor , who integrates

mental imagery with the Godgiven gift of his hands. John has helped individuals suffering from acute and chronic disorders, including back problems and cancer. Remote healings and telephone sessions. Call for consultation. Kingston. (845) 338-8420. Spirittus Holistic Resource Center

See Workshops. HYPNOSIS One-Session Hypnosis with Frayda Kafka

Building on my success with smoking cessation in 1978, I have continued to help clients with weight loss, pain, childbirth, stress, insomnia, habits, phobias, confidence, and almost any behavior you can think of… Known for my easy, light manner and quick results, I have an intuitive knack for saying just the right thing at the right time so that a major shift can be initiated. Phone hypnosis, gift certificates, and groups are available. Please call me at (845) 336-4646. Offices in Kingston and Pleasant Valley. info@ or HYPNOTHERAPY Achieve Your Goals with Therapeutic Hypnosis Sharon Slotnick, MS, CHt.

Increase self-esteem; break bad habits; manage stress; alleviate pain (e.g. childbirth, headaches, back pain); overcome fears and depression; relieve insomnia; improve study habits, public speaking, sports performance; heal through past-life journeys, other issues. Sliding scale. Certified Hypnotherapist and Counselor, two years training Therapeutic Hypnosis& Traditional Psy-

chotherapeutic Techniques. (845)389-2302. New Paltz, Kingston. See also Psychotherapy. Kary Broffman, RN, CH

A registered nurse with a BA in psychology since 1980, Kary is certified in Ericksonian Hypnotherapy, Hypnobirthing, and Complementary Medical Hypnotherapy with the National Guild. She has also studied interactive imagery for nurses. By weaving her own healing journey and education into her work, she helps to assist others in accessing their inner resources and healing potential. Hudson Valley Healing Arts Center, Hyde Park. (845) 876-6753. Alan Feldman

New Paltz, NY. (845) 594-9134. Ruth Hirsch

Call me for help moving forward! What are you ready/almost ready to change? Stop smoking? Weight loss? Old patterns you realize you are repeating? I have more than 20 years experience helping people using hypnosis and teaching stress reduction. It is a comfortable, enjoyable process. Office: 44 Main Street, Kingston. Phone me. Ruth Hirsch: (845) 246-8601 or (845) 255-8601. Adele Marcus, LCSW-R, ACHT

See Psychotherapy. INFANT MASSAGE INSTRUCTION Baby Touch

Learn infant massage and gift yourself with the knowledge and skill to massage your child. Children need loving touch to grow emotionally and physically strong. Massage helps your child relax and let go of tension. Clini-

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cal studies show that regular use of massage helps promote faster weight gain, improves cardiac and respiratory output, and also enhances sleep patterns. Children from infancy and older can benefit from the gift of nurturing touch. For further information, please call Francine Phillips, MS.Ed.(845) 485-7106 or Nancy Pate, OTR/L, CIMI (845) 296-0739. INTEGRATED ENERGY THERAPY Integrated Energy Therapy

IET heals with the pure energy of SPIRIT and the gifts of the angels. Suppressed emotions, limiting beliefs, and past-life memories are cleared from the Energy Anatomy on a cellular level. Remember and LIVE the true expression of your soul’s purpose. Also combining Spiritual Guidance, IET, and Massage. 15 years experience. Dona Ho Lightsey, LMT, IET Master. New Paltz. lightsey.asp. (845) 256-0443. INTERFAITH MINISTRIES Elizabeth Cunningham, MSC

See Counseling Services. Ione, Director, Ministry of Maat, Inc.

Spiritual and Educational organization with goals of fostering world community. (845) 339-5776. Reverend Kevin Kraft, Interfaith Minister



See Psychotherapy. LYME DISEASE Lyme Disease Treatment

Get off antibiotics now! Colloidal silver is a natural, safe, and effective way to live symptomfree again. After 8 months on antibiotics for my Lyme, I went on silver and have been fine ever since. Guaranteed fresh and effective or money back. 16 oz. just $25. Call (845) 943-5985 to order. MASSAGE THERAPY Joan Apter

Offering luxurious massage therapy, including Raindrop Technique, with therapeutic essential oils to relieve stress, boost the immune system, and address system imbalances. Natural animal care, individual consultations for a healthy home and personal concerns, spa consultant, classes, and keynotes. Essential Oils, nutritional supplements, personal care, pet care, children’s and home cleaning products from Young Living Essential Oils. For more information, contact Joan Apter, CMT. (845) 679-0512. japter@ http://joanapter.

Sacred Intimate Joyful. “Honor Tradition and Have the Ceremony You Want.” Together we develop a meaningful ceremony that expresses who you are while considering sensitive concerns. Personal attention to details ensures your needs are thoughtfully addressed and creates a joyful ceremony expressing your vision completely. Weddings, Unions, Renewals, Rites of Passage, and Spiritual Counseling. Hudson Valley Interfaith Fellowship. 89 N. Front Street, Kingston. (845) 338-8313. E-mail:

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Monica Sequoia Neiro, LMT

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life. Offering Jewish resources, workshops, gatherings, and classes. Rabbi Yisroel Arye and Ilana Gootblatt, co-directors. (845) 679-6407. www.chabadof

See Bodywork. Hudson Valley Therapeutic Massage

Michele Tomasicchio, LMT, specializes in Integrative Massage—incorporation of various healing modalities: Swedish, Myofascial Deep Tissue, Craniosacral, and stretching to facilitate the body’s healing process. A session may include all or just one modality. No fault accepted. Gift certificates available. By appointment only. 243 Main Street, Suite 220 New Paltz. (845) 255-4832. Self-Healing through Bodywork Massage tailored to the individual, promoting your body’s healing response. I am certified in Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Lymphatic massage, as well as Zen Shiatsu Acupressure,

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L E T U S H E L P YO U L OV E YO U R S K I N . � Discounted Public Clinics � Supervised by NYS Licensed Instructors THE MOST ADVA N C E D S C H O O L O F I T ' S K I N D I N T H E U N I T E D S TAT E S .

256 Main Street New Paltz 845.255.0013

Craniosacral Energy Work, and TMJ treatment. Pregnancy cushion. Gift certificates available. Great shower or wedding gift! See ad for Rhinebeck Cooperative Health Center. Rhinebeck. Cell (845) 300-3569, or (845) 876-5556. Shiatsu Massage Therapy

Leigh Scott is a licensed Shiatsu Massage Therapist with 20 years experience and a former teacher at the Ohashi Institute in New York City. Leigh uses her skills and knowledge of Shiatsu, as well as Reflexology and Polarity, to give a very satisfying hour-long massage. (845) 679-3012. MEDITATION Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch

See Yoga. Zen Mountain Monastery

Offering year-round retreats geared to all levels of experience: introductions to Zen meditation and practice; programs exploring Zen arts, Buddhist studies, and social action; and intensive meditation retreats. South Plank Road, Mt. Tremper. (845) 688-2228. MIDWIFERY Catskill Mountain Midwifery, Home Birth Services

Give birth as you wish, in an environment in which you feel nurtured and secure; where your emotional well-being, privacy, and personal preferences are respected. Be supported by a tradition that trusts the natural process. Excellent MD consult, hospital backup. (845) 687-BABY. Homebirth and Gynecology Practice of Judy Joffee, CNM

This practice offers a unique and exquisite opportunity for woman care in a powerfully compassionate and sacred manner. I offer complete prenatal care focused toward homebirth. For the nonpregnant woman, individualized gynecological care, counseling, and self-determination await you. No cost consultation. Also offering school, work, and general physicals for all ages. Call for no cost telephone consultation. (845) 255-2096. NATURAL FOODS Healthy Gourmet To Go

Try our colossal coconut macaroons dipped in dark chocolate or our delectable pan-seared

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cornmeal crusted homemade seitan cutlets over rosemary smashed potatoes with mushroom gravy. From old-fashioned home cooking with a new healthful twist to live/raw foods and macrobiotics, HGTG has dishes to please every palate. Weekly Meal Delivery right to your door. Organic, vegan, kosher. Baby Registry. Gift Certificates. Catering. (845) 339-7171. Sunflower Natural Food Market

At Sunflower we know the food we eat is our greatest source of health. Sunflower carries certified organic produce, milk, cheeses, and eggs; non-irradiated herbs and spices; clean, pure organic products to support a healthy lifestyle; large selection of homeopathic remedies. Sunflower Natural Foods is a complete natural foods market. Open 9am-9pm daily. 10am-7pm Sundays. Bradley Meadows Shopping Center, Woodstock. (845) 679-5361. NATURAL HEALING Suzanne Meszoly & Associates, Inc.

174 Palentown Rd, Kerhonkson, NY 12446. (845) 626-5666 NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE Naturopathic Medicine

Dr. Thomas J. Francescott, ND. Free Your Mind – Release Your Body – Energize Your Spirit! Solve health issues, enhance wellness, and gain awareness. Scientifically proven naturopathic solutions for challenging and/or chronic health concerns. I offer naturopathic expertise in a sacred space to help you feel better. Graduate of the prestigious Bastyr University. Call Rhinebeck Cooperative Health Center: (845) 876-5556. NUTRITION Vicki Koenig, MS, RD, CDN

Creating Wellness for individuals and businesses. Nutrition counseling: combining traditional and integrative solutions to enhance well-being. Health Fairs for Businesses wanting to improve employees’ productivity. Providing help with diabetes, cardiovascular conditions, weight loss, digestive support, women’s health, and pediatric nutrition. Many insurances accepted. Offices in New Paltz and Kingston. Call (845) 255-2398 for an appointment.

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Jill Malden, RD, CSW

Prominent Nutritionist specializing in eating behavior and eating disorders for 15 years. Warm, nonjudgmental treatment. Understand the effects of nutrition on your mood, anxiety level, cravings, concentration, energy level, and sleep, in addition to body weight. Recover from your eating issues and enjoy a full life! 199 Main Street, New Paltz. (845) 489-4732. NUTRITIONAL COUNSELING Hopewell Nutrition Center

Are you doing the best you can for your body? Are you living the lifestyle that promotes optimal health? Are you ready to take charge of your nutritional health status? Our nutritionist team holds graduate degrees in human nutrition, and are New York State licensed and certified in nutrition. We offer comprehensive one-on-one nutritional consultation that will assist you in weight management, heart disease, blood sugar disorders, chronic fatigue, eating disorders, cancer, women’s health and wellness, GI disorders, and other health issues. Hopewell Nutrition Center, 129 Clove Branch Road, Hopewell Junction, NY. Free consultations. (845)223-5940. OSTEOPATHY Applied Osteopathy

Joseph Tieri, DO, & Ari Rosen, DO. Drs. Tieri and Rosen are New York State Licensed Osteopathic physicians specializing in Cranial Osteopathy. As specialists in Osteopathic manipulation, we are dedicated to the traditional philosophy and hands-on treatment of our predecessors. We have studied with Robert Fulford, DO, Viola Freyman, DO, James Jealous, DO, and Bonnie Gintis, DO, and completed a two-year residency in Osteopathic Manipulation. We treat newborns, children, and adults. 257 Main Street, New Paltz, (845) 256-9884. 138 Market Street, Rhinebeck, (845) 876-1700. By Appointment. For more info call or visit PHYSICIANS Women Care Center

Empowerment through information. Located in Rhinebeck and Kingston. Massage and acupuncture available. Gynecology—treating our patients

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through the most up-to-date medical and surgical technologies available, combined with alternative therapies. Obstetrics—working with you to create the birth experience you desire. Many insurances accepted. Evening hours available. Rhinebeck (845) 876-2496. Kingston (845) 338-5575. PILATES BODYCODE

Pilates & Gyrotonic work refreshes and integrates, forming the basis for deep, transformative body/mind work. Strengthening, lengthening, and organizing our basic structures. Inhabiting our bodies in a balanced, skillful, and graceful way. In all tasks, a well-trained body is at work, a poorly trained one is overworking. We can retrain the body so it thinks not just better, but differently, more efficiently, coherently, and organically. 103 Warren Street, Hudson. (518) 263-5161 or (917) 715-8665. PSYCHOLOGISTS James Cancienne, PhD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist offering adult psychotherapy and couples counseling. Jungian-based psychotherapy for people in crisis, those with ongoing mental health difficulties, and those wishing to expand their personality and gain greater satisfaction from their relationships and work. Some insurance accepted and sliding scale. Hudson. (518) 828-2528. Carla J. Mazzeo, PhD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist offering psychodynamic psychotherapy for adolescents and adults. I have experience working with trauma, mood disturbances, sexual assault, depression, anxiety, grief/bereavement, eating/body image difficulties, alcohol/substance concerns, teenage problems, relationship difficulties, sexuality issues, or general self-exploration. Dream work also available. New Paltz location. (845) 255-2259. Reduced fee for initial consultation. Mark L. Parisi, PhD

Licensed psychologist. Offering individual psychotherapy for adults. Specializing in gay men’s issues, anxiety, depression, relationship concerns,

adjustment, issues related to aging, disordered eating, body image, sexual identity, and personal growth. Medicare and some insurance accepted. 52 South Manheim Boulevard, New Paltz. (845) 255-2259. Jonathan D. Raskin, PhD

Licensed psychologist. Insightoriented, meaning-based, problem-focused, person-centered psychotherapy for adults and adolescents facing problems including, but not limited to, self-esteem, interpersonal relationships, life transitions, family issues, career concerns, depression, anxiety, loneliness, and bereavement. 199 Main Street, New Paltz. Free initial consultation. Sliding scale. (845) 257-3471. Diane L. Weston, PhD, CPP Health Education Counselor

Specializing in treating addiction disorders. Over 25 years experience using alternative, interdisciplinary counseling approaches to substance abuse and other stress-related behaviors. Integrating Cognitive, Behavioral, and Humanistic interventions to motivate Harm Reduction. Discreet location. Affordable rates. Sliding fee scale. Half rate for initial consultation. (845) 242-3857 or 452-2811. PSYCHOTHERAPY Kent Babcock, MSW, CSW Counseling & Psychotherapy

Development of solutions through simple self-observation, reflection, and conversation. Short- or long-term work around difficult relationships; life or career transitions; ethical, spiritual, or psychic dilemmas; and creative blocks. Roots in yoga, dreamwork, spiritual psychology, and existential psychotherapy. Sliding scale. Offices in Woodstock and Uptown Kingston. (845) 679-5511 x4. Heather Bergen, LMSW

Holistic, heart-centered psychotherapy for adults, adolescents, and children. Healing process through dreamwork, art therapy, play therapy (for children), and spirituality by connecting to inner wisdom and highest self. Specializing in women’s issues. Alternatives Health Center of Tivoli. (845) 220-8602.

Judith Blackstone, MA

Subtle Self Work is a transformative practice integrating nondual spiritual realization, psychological healing, and awakening the energy/light body. Private sessions for individuals and couples, weekly classes, monthly meditation retreats, teacher/certification trainings. Judith Blackstone, MA, author of The Enlightenment Process and Living Intimately, director of Realization Center, Woodstock. (845) 679-7005. Debra Budnik, CSW-R

Traditional insight-oriented psychotherapy for long- or shortterm work. Aimed at identifying and changing self-defeating attitudes and behaviors, underlying anxiety, depression, and relationship problems. Sliding scale, most insurances accepted, including Medicare/Medicaid. NYS-licensed. Experience working with trauma victims, including physical and sexual abuse. Educator on mental health topics. Located in New Paltz, one mile from SUNY. (845) 255-4218.

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Andrea Grumbine, MFA, MS, ATR Beyond Words

Psychotherapy that engages the healing potential of the creative process through art therapy, psychodramatic techniques, and sand play. Individual sessions for children, adolescents, and adults. Ongoing Open Studio Workshops combine art and writing for self-directed inner work. No art experience needed. New Paltz. (845) 255-8830.

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Ruth Hirsch

Couples, Individual, Family Counseling. Use my 20 years experience to move forward and feel better about your life! Comfortable, effective work. Extensive training in stress reduction, phobias, parent-child and family issues, Gottman Institute Advanced Couples Therapy Training. Office at 44 Main Street, Kingston. Phone me, Ruth Hirsch: (845) 246-8601 or (845) 255-8601. Dr. Rita E. Kirsch Debroitner, PhD

Certified clinical social worker. A Holistic Psychotherapist, Biofeedback Specialist, and WholePerson Fertility Practitioner.


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Successful program helps children and adults overcome ADD without medication. Change starts from within! Available for long-distance and out-of-state consultations and appointments. (845) 876-3657 or (800) 958 4ADD. Morton (Mordechai) Kramer, MD Soul-Centered Psychotherapy

Truly transformational innerhealing work from the heart. Very experienced, caring and intuitive. If you have a sincere desire to heal/ transform your life and be all you have within you to be, I'd love to hear from you. Also, highly effective relationship and family healing. for in-depth information. Poughkeepsie and Westchester offices. (914) 238-9000. Peter M. del Rosario, PhD

Licensed psychologist. Insightoriented, culturally sensitive psychotherapy for adults and adolescents concerned with: relationship difficulties, codependency, depression, anxiety, sexual/physical trauma, grief and bereavement, eating disorders, dealing with divorce, gay/lesbian issues. 199 Main Street, New Paltz. Free initial consult. Sliding scale. (914) 262-8595. Rachael Diamond, CSW,CHt

Holistically-oriented therapist offering counseling, psychotherapy, and hypnotherapy. Specializing in issues pertaining to relationships, personal growth, life transitions, alternative lifestyles, childhood abuse, codependency, addiction, recovery illness, and grief. Some insurance accepted. Office convenient to New Paltz and surrounding areas. (845) 883-9642. Eidetic Image Therapy

A fast moving, positive psychotherapy that gets to problem areas quickly and creates change by using eidetic (eye-DET-ic) images to promote insight and growth. The eidetic is a bright, lively picture seen in the mind like a movie or filmstrip. It is unique in its ability to reproduce important life events in exact detail, revealing both the cause and solution of problem areas. Dr. Toni Nixon, EdD, director. Port Ewen. (845) 339-1684.

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Amy R. Frisch, CSWR

Psychotherapist. Individual, family, and group sessions for adolescents and adults. Currently accepting registration for It’s a Girl Thing: an expressive arts therapy group for adolescent girls, and The Healing Circle: an adult bereavement group offering a safe place to begin the healing process after the death of a loved one. Most insurances accepted. Located in New Paltz. (914) 706-0229. Irene Humbach, CSW, CBT

See Body-Centered Therapy. Ione

Author and psychotherapist: Qigong, Meditation, Hypnotherapy, and Dreams. Specializing in the creative process. Healing retreats, Local and Worldwide. (845) 339-5776. Elise Lark, LMSW, LMT Acorn Hill Healing Arts

Soul Expressions utilizes bodycentered dialogue, touch, spontaneous self-expression, dreams, and self-awareness practice to explore bodymind symptoms and psychospiritual issues, and to access healing resources within. LGBT Guided Meditation, Trauma Recovery, and Women’s Groups; Traditional Sweat Lodges. Olivebridge (845) 657-2516. Adele Marcus, LCSW-R, ACHT

Life Design: Creative Healing. Heart/Body/Mind-centered psychotherapy. Gestalt, Hypnotherapy, Expressive Arts. Fifteen years experience working with adults/youth, families, and groups; anxiety/ fear, depression, abuse/trauma, addictions, grief, spirituality. Honoring the Soul women’s group/workshops; expres-

sive movement classes. New Paltz. (845) 255-9717. Dr. Nancy Rowe, PhD, CET

Heart Centered Counseling & Expressive Arts Therapy Emotional healing for children and adults using talk, imagery, sandplay, expressive arts, and/ or movement. Background in transpersonal psychology, play therapy, family therapy, spiritual guidance, authentic movement, and expressive arts therapy. Offices in Woodstock and Kingston. Call Nancy, (845) 679-4827. Change Your Outlook, Heal, and Grow Sharon Slotnick, MS, CHt.

With combination of “talk” therapy for self-knowledge and hypnotherapy to transform negative, self-defeating thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Faster symptom relief. Feel better and make healthier choices. Sliding scale, Certified Hypnotherapist and Counselor. (845) 389-2302. New Paltz, Kingston. See also Hypnotherapy. Richard Smith, CSW-R, CASAC

Potential-Centered Therapy (PCT) alters thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that block growth. A psycho-dynamic approach incorporating NLP, EMDR, and hypnosis, PCT resolves addictions, trauma, limiting beliefs, and destructive behaviors. Twenty years experience and a gentle spirit guide you through an accelerated process of profound healing. Gardiner. (845) 256-6456. richard Judy Swallow, MA, TEP

Integrative body/mind therapist using Rubenfeld synergy

and psychodrama in her work with individuals, couples, groups, and families. Inquire for workshops and training, as well as therapy. New Paltz. (845) 255-5613. Lee TenEyck, CSW-R

Dynamic, growth-oriented psychotherapy for individuals, couples, and adolescents. Engage in a collaborative, supportive process geared toward making effective, positive changes in your life and relationships. Offices in Kingston and New Paltz. Weekend appointments available. (845) 255-3895. Wellspring

Evolutionary coaching using movement and breath to access and clear lifelong patterns and transform relationships. Rodney and Sandra Wells, certified by Gay and Kathlyn Hendricks. (845) 534-7668. Julie Zweig, MA

New Paltz, NY 12561. (845)255-3566. REBIRTHING Susan DeStefano

Heart-centered therapy for healing the body, mind, and emotions. Improve relationships, release the past, heal the inner child through personal empowerment. (845) 255-6482. SCHOOLS & TRAINING Institute of Transpersonal Psychology

ITP is an accredited graduate psychology school offering clinical and nonclinical certificates, MA and PhD degrees. The curriculum combines mind, body, and spiritual inquiry with scholarly research and self discovery. Graduates have strong clinical


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skills and can communicate in a variety of complex relational circumstances. (650) 493-4430. SHIATSU Leigh Scott

See Massage Therapy. SPAS & RESORTS Body of Truth

Daily classes All levels Workshops Teacher training 200/500 hr. ongoing visit us at

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Body of Truth®: The Place for Whole Health. Body of Truth ® : The Spa at Stone Ridge. Voted Mid-Hudson Valley’s #1 health spa. Luxury & Necessity combined. Professionally licensed experienced practitioner team provides the most comprehensive list of services and pure organic products. Stone Ridge location offers couples massages by the fire, and aromatherapy baths. Kingston & Stone Ridge. (845) 331-1178, fax (845) 331-2955. The Inn & Spa at Emerson Place

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This extraordinary, historic property has been beautifully transformed into an oasis for connoisseurs of fine living. The Asian-inspired spa immerses you in a world of personally tailored therapies and stressrecovery programs. The spa offers more than 40 personalized services for men and women by European-trained therapists, including an array of Ayurvedic Rituals, Vichy shower, Oxygen Facials, Aromatherapy Massage, Hot Stone Therapy, and Detoxifying Algae Wraps. (845) 688-7900 or


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SPIRITUAL Bioenergetics/Hands-On Healing, Irene Humbach, CSW, CBT

See Body-Centered Therapy. Clairvoyant Counseling with Rev. Betsy Stang

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For appointments, or classes and programs call (845) 679-6347 or email Ione

Egyptian Mysteries, Scarab Teachings™, Journeys to Sacred Sites. (845) 339-5776. New York Region Pathwork

The Pathwork is a way of life, a community of seekers, a school, and a philosophy. It is based in a profound set of teachings channeled over a 30-year period by Eva Pierrakos that show a way to live in this world with complete inner freedom and happiness. Learn more at, or (845) 688-2211. Pathwork and Channeled Guidance by Flowing Spirit Guidance

Is something missing in your life? Are you restless but don’t know why? Do you have a longing but don’t know how to fill it? Pathwork is a deep spiritual path based on knowing God by uncovering the God within. We have forgotten who we are and what we are a part of. By making the unconscious conscious, and transforming those parts of ourselves that don’t serve us any longer, we uncover our greatness, our beauty, our divinity. Pathwork Lecture Study Class beginning Wednesday, September 10. Committed (after 1st class) 8-session class, every other Wednesday. Call for prices and early enrollment deadlines. Also in-person, phone Pathwork, or channeling sessions available. Contact Joel Walzer. (845) 679-7886. Shakra Center for Humane Development

Our practitioners support individuals and communities on paths to enlightenment using different modalities. Transformational healing increases when we embody enough light that we feel safe to explore our shadows with an open heart. Please visit our website at Now excepting applications for the 2005 Mystic Apprentice Program. PO Box 747, Woodstock NY 12498. (845) 679-4553. Spirittus Holistic Resource Center

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THERAPY Toni D. Nixon, EdD Therapist and Buddhist Practitioner

Offering a unique combination of techniques that integrate therapeutic goals and spiritual practice. The basic principles of Buddhism and psychotherapy are concerned with the goal of ending human suffering. Both paths to liberation are through greater self awareness, a broader view of one’s world, the realization of the possibility of freedom, and finding the means to achieve it. In essence, effective psychotherapy moves toward liberation, and Buddhist practice is therapeutic in nature. Eidetic Image therapy is a unique and powerful method that encourages the liberation of the mind and spirit from obstacles that block the way to inner peace. Specializing in life improvement skills, habit cessation, career issues, women’s issues, and blocked creativity. (845) 3391684. By phone, online, and in person. WEDDINGS & COUNSELING Reverend Kevin Kraft, Interfaith Minister

See Interfaith Ministries. WORKSHOPS Spirittus Holistic Resource Center

The Spirittus Holistic Resource Center is a healing environment where people gather to explore Spirituality, Health, and Holistic Living. Each month we host 25 + workshops. Weekly meditation, monthly Nutrition, Astrology, and Reiki Study groups. We have a private healing room offering Reiki, Counseling, Hypnotherapy, and CranioSacral Therapy. We provide access to a holistic library, holistic referral network, and the holistic gift shop. 89 N. Front St, Kingston. (845) 338-8313. Kevin@ StoneWater Sanctuary

See Holistic Wellness Centers. WOMEN’S GROUPS Honoring the Soul with Adele Marcus, LCSW-R, ACHT

See Psychotherapy. WOMEN’S HEALTH Women’s Health & Fitness Expo (845) 338-7140.

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YOGA Jai Ma Yoga Center

Offering a wide array of Yoga classes, seven days a week, from Gentle/Restorative Yoga to Advanced. Meditation classes free to all enrolled. Chanting Friday evenings. New expanded studio space. Private consultations and Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy sessions available. Gina Bassinette, RYT & Ami Hirschstein, RYT, Owners. New Paltz. (845) 256-0465. The Living Seed

Sivananda Yoga offered five days a week. Serve, Love, Give, Purify, Meditate, Realize–Sivananda. 521 Main Street (Rte. 299, across from Econo Lodge), New Paltz. (845) 255-8212. Pondicherrry Yoga Arts

Full line of organic cotton & hemp yoga wear for men & women, yoga supplies, videos & books, chant & Indian Classical CDs. Inspired by Auroville, an international spiritual community in South India based on the integral yoga of Sri Aurobindo. The shop carries Auroville handicrafts such as meditative wall hangings, meditation cushions, & cotton yoga mats with matching bags. Winter hrs: 11:30am-5:30pm Thurs–Mon. Woodstock. (845) 679-2926. Satya Hudson Valley Yoga Center

Satya Hudson Valley Yoga Center is located in the heart of Rhinebeck village, on the third floor of the Rhinebeck Department Store building. We offer classes for all levels, 7 days a week. There is no need to pre-register: we invite you to just show up. For more information, visit www.hudson or call (845) 876-2528 Shanthi Yoga in Mt. Tremper

Gentle hatha yoga integrating mind, body, and breath. Suitable for all ages. Conscious breathing synchronized with postures creates a deeper peace and harmony. Emphasis on stretching and strengthening the lower back before performing a full range of asanas. Group classes and privates taught by Wendy Swaha Lines. Trained

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at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry. Over 20 years experience. Mount Tremper, NY. (845) 679-5358 or Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch

77 acres of rolling hills and woodlands. Breathtaking views, hiking, and cross-country ski trails, organic garden, swimming pond, and sauna. Daily Sivananda Ashram Schedule of Yoga Asanas, Pranayama, and Meditation. Year-round Yoga vacations. Weekend Workshops on health, Yoga, and meditation. Karma Yoga residential programs. Yoga Teachers Training, September 7-October 5. Founded in 1974 by Swami Vishnu-Devananda. Woodbourne, NY. (845) 4366492. or ranch.htm. Yoga on Duck Pond

Grounded in the alignment of the inner and outer body, yoga can reduce your stress, reshape your body, recharge your mind. “Working with Donna is a spiritual and physical adventure for me. I experience a renewed sense of well-being, increased mobility, clarity of mind, and a natural diet adjustment. She is helping me change my life.” –Carlo Travaglia, sculptor. Donna Nisha Cohen, director and certified instructor, over 20 years experience. Stone Ridge. Classes Sunday through Friday. Call for times, and information on pre-natal and private sessions. (845) 687-4836.


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The images in this exhibit of fine chariots, sleek horses, and talented riders allude to nobility and a sense of honor. Inspired by the original ancient Roman Circus Maximus, the exhibit demonstrates not only art’s pageantry and ceremonial aspects, but also how the original circus expressed ancient Etruscan culture’s very highest values. Vault Gallery, Great Barrington. Opening reception 5/7 at 5-8pm. Gallery open daily 11:30am-6pm. Free. (413) 6440221;

body/mind/spirit classes dance events film kids



Complementary Medicine Conference

the outdoors spoken word OSX7, BETTE KORMAN, MARBLED BRUSHED ALUMINUM, 4 ‘ X 4’, 2004

theater workshops



he Byrdcliffe Arts Colony was founded in 1903 in Woodstock by wealthy Englishman Ralph Radcliffe Whitehead, his wife, and two colleagues. The name was a combination of Whitehead’s middle name and that of his wife, Jane Byrd McCall Whitehead. The colony had a metalworking shop, a ceramics studio, a woodworking shop, and a large room for art classes. In 2004, a centennial exhibit of the colony debuted in Woodstock; it is currently at the New-York Historical Society. “Although all this activity started at the beginning of the 20th century, it’s not dead!” curator Bette Korman says. She has organized the show “Byrdcliffe/Second Century,” which opened at the Kleinert/James Gallery in Woodstock on April 16. “I’m taking the exact same disciplines that were done then, and I’m showing top artists and craftspeople who are working today.” These disciplines include painting, ceramics, printing, architecture, metalwork, weaving, and furniture, and many of the works are by artists of international repute. Mannette Van Hamel, who is 91, lived at the Maverick Colony when she was six years old. She makes wearable metal sculpture of gold and silver, some of which is in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Milton Glaser, the legendary graphic designer, is also represented. Glaser created the “I Love New York” slogan, which became the “most frequently imitated logo design in human history,” and was responsible for the original layout of New York magazine. He also designed the restaurants and observation deck at the World Trade Center in 1975. Architect Francis Halsband recently designed the $20-million Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center at the Roosevelt home in Hyde Park. Painter and ceramist Mary Frank has work in the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney and the Library of Congress; she is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Judy Pfaff, the prominent installation artist and recent MacArthur fellow, is a professor at Bard College. When Korman lived in Nepal, in 1966, exiled Tibetan families were arriving from their homeland; she visited weavers' camps there and became familiar with their art. She recently met Gala Geru Chamber, a Tibetan weaver and rug maker and owner of the Gateway to Tibet store in Phoenicia. She was impressed with Chamber’s dyes and colors, and his patterns, which depict ancient medicinal formulas. It turns out that Chamber studied with the families Korman had known in Nepal. It’s just the kind of connection between the present and the past that are plentiful in “Byrdcliffe/Second Century.” —Sparrow “BYRDCLIFFE/SECOND CENTURY” RUNS THROUGH JUNE 10 AT THE KLEINERT/ JAMES GALLERY, 34 TINKER STREET, WOODSTOCK. A “CULTURAL EVENING” WILL BE HELD SATURDAY, MAY 28. (845) 657-9714; WWW.WOODSTOCKGUILD.ORG.

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Five women die every hour from breast cancer and no one knows why. Now in its fourth year, the Breast Cancer Options conference for patients and survivors offers patients and survivors rational information on using alternative healing methods to complement conventional therapy, and staying cancer-free afterward. Keynote speaker Peter Fallon, a pharmacist, discusses the use of vitamins and herbs during chemo and radiation. Workshop topics include detoxification and hormone balance; monitoring and manipulating the immune system using naturopathy; dealing naturally with the side effects of chemo and radiation; self-manual lymphatic drainage; imagery and healing; what to eat and why; and reframing fear. Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. Pre-register $25; $35 at door; $12 students/seniors. Call for times. (845) 657-8222;

MAY 7 Nuts & Bolts Art Show To many artists, P&T Surplus is as fascinating, inspiring, and useful as an art supply store. So for the fifth year in a row, the folks at P&T, those purveyors of widgets, Plexiglas, and all types and sizes of metal wire, are holding their Nuts and Bolts Art Extravaganza. As dozens





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of artists display their work among P&T’s aisles of stuff, the cavernous store promises to become even more abundant and innovative than usual, with crocheted copper tendrils decorating the ceiling and Egor the robotic arm pouring wine for guests. Opening night features live music by artist and musical sculptor Ken Butler, who has played with Laurie Anderson and John Zorn. Opening reception 5/7 at 68pm. P&T Surplus, Kingston. (845) 691-9304.

A & E FINE ART 314 Wall Street, Kingston. 331-5077.

MAY 7 & 8

Opening Saturday, May 7, 5-8pm.

Youth Chorale Concerts In celebration of its 10th anniversary, Hudson Valley Youth Chorale offers a presentation of what its members do best: “Sing! Sing! Sing!” Accompanied by classical operatic soprano Danielle Woerner and pianist Barbara Zimet and guided by HVYC founder Father Frank Wallner, this chorale of third to eighth graders who have sung in Budapest, Vienna, and New York City, will Pcall back songs from America’s past, including their signature tune, “New York, New York.” 5/7 at 7 pm; 5/8 at 3 pm. Holy Cross Church, Kingston. $10/$5. (845) 679-8172;

MAY 13 AIDS/HIV Fundraising Concert GaluminumFoil Productions hosts a benefit concert for NETWORTH/Positive Action, a 15-year-old New York nonprofit devoted to raising community awareness of AIDS and HIV care and prevention serving over 100 families locally. The lineup includes area favorites Chris Cubeta & the Liars Club, popular performers of unpretentious, rootsy rock ’n roll in support of their debut CD, Sugar Sky; also appearing are Dolor, Render, and Eric Hill. 8:30 pm. The Loft at The Chance Theatre, Poughkeepsie. $10. (845) 5184586;

“May Flowers.” Featuring floral works by Israeli artists. May 7-May 30. Opening Saturday, May 7, 5-7pm.

A.D.D. GALLERY 22 Park Place, Hudson. (518) 822-9763. “Daily Life.” Figurative graphic images by Damien Henry. Through May 29. Opening Saturday, May 7, 5-7pm.

ASK GALLERY 37 North Front Street, Kingston. 338-0331. “Sky.” Paintings and photographs. May 7-May 27.

ALBANY INSTITUTE OF HISTORY AND ART 125 Washington Avenue, Albany. (518) 463-4478. “Mary Wilson Supreme Legacy Collection.” Memorabilia of her days with the Supremes. Through May 22.

CENTER FOR PHOTOGRAPHY AT WOODSTOCK 59 Tinker Street, Woodstock. 679 7747. “Photography Now 2005.” Curated by W.M. Hunt. May 7-June 19. “Charise Isis: American Stripper.” May 7-June 19. Opening Saturday, May 7, 5-7pm.

COFFEY GALLERY 330 Wall Street, Kingston. 339-6105. “Spirit Boats.” Sculpture by Trina Greene. May 7-May 29. “Figures.” Pastel drawings by K.L. McKenna. May 7-May 29. Opening Saturday, May 7, 5-7pm.

DEBORAH DAVIS FINE ARTS 345 Warren Street, Hudson. (518) 822-1890. “Face to Face.” Barbara Green, Pat Hogan, Jacqueline Jolles, Roberta Meyerson, Marion Vinot. May 5-June 19. Reception Saturday, May 7, 6-8pm.

“Supremes: A Community Album.” Through May 22.

DIA 3 Beekman Street, Beacon. 440-0100.

“Albany and Troy Arts and Craft: 1907-1918.” Through August 31.

“Agnes Martin’s Early Paintings 1957-67.” Through December 1.

“Rembrandt and Titus, Father and Son.” Paintings by Thomas Locker. May 7-August 14.

“Dia’s Andy: Through the Lens of Patronage.” May 15-April 1.

ALBERT SHAHINIAN FINE ART 196 Main Street, Poughkeepsie. 454-0522.

DUTCHESS COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE ART GALLERY Dutchess County Community College, Poughkeepsie. 431-8622.

“A Decade of Discovery.” Christie Sheele. Through May 31.

THE ALDRICH CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM 258 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-4519. “Selected Works by Recent MacDowell Colony Fellows.” Through June 22. “Alyson Shotz: Light, Sound, Space.” Through June 22. “Shannon Plumb.” 8 short films with her as the only performer. Through June 22.

ARTS UPSTAIRS 60 Main Street, Phoenicia. 688-2142. “Comedy, Tragedy and Fantasy.” Through May 15.

BAU 161 Main Street, Beacon. 591-2331.

“John Nastasi, Architecture.” Through May 10.

ELISA PRITZKER STUDIO & GALLERY 257 South Riverside Road, Highland. 691-5506. “Icons & Corners of the Valley.” Solo exhibit of plein-air pastel paintings by Marlene Wiedenbaum. May 7-May 31. Opening Saturday, May 14, 5-8pm.

ERIC JARMANN & CO. GALLERY 691 Broadway, Newburgh. 561-7960. “Still Life.” Through May 14. “Contemporary Art.” An eclectic array of “contemporary” art—past and present. May 17-June 30. Reception Saturday, May 21, 12-8pm.

“Shadow Echo: Proof I’m Here.” Peter Iannarelli/Angelika Rinnhofer. Through May 8.

FARFETCHED GALLERY 65 Broadway, Kingston. 339-2501.

“Bau 5- Stages.” Donald Alter, Melissa Greaves, Claude van Lingen, Harald Plochberger. May 14-June 5.

Opening Saturday, May 7, 5-10pm.

Opening Saturday, May 14, 6-9pm.

BCB ART 116 Warren Street, Hudson. (518) 828-4539. “Imagine You Driving (Fast), Oil Shtick, and Epiphany.” Exhibitions by Julian Opie, Kay Rose, and Bill Seaman. Through June 19.

CARRIE HADDAD GALLERY 622 Warren Street, Hudson. (518) 828-1915. “Ruth Edwy, Geeffery Detrani, Tracy Helgeson.” Through May 22.

“Madness & Mythology.” Multimedia by Chris Hawkins. May 7-29.

THE FRANCES LEHMAN LOEB ART CENTER Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. 437-5632. “Time and Transformation in 17th Century Dutch Art.” Through June 19.

GALERIE BMG 12 Tannery Road, Woodstock. 679-0027. “Toward Omega.” Photographs by Vincent Serbin. Through May 23. Reception Saturday, May 7, 5-7pm.


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Art Galleries GALLERY AT DEEP LISTENING SPACE 75 Broadway, Kingston. 338-5984. “Universal Portraits.” Paintings by Sadee Brathwaite. May 7-July 30. Opening Saturday, May 7, 5-7pm.

GALLERY AT STAGEWORKS 41 Cross Street, Hudson. (518) 828-7843. “Modern Romanticism.” Robert Cronin, Tony Thompson, & Barbara Willner. Through June 7.

GALLERY N25 25 North Division Street, Peekskill. (914) 293-0811. “Visions From a Mathematical Mind.” Through June 5.

GARRISON ART CENTER 23 Garrison’s Landing, Garrison. 424-3960. “Spring Member’s Show.” May 27-June 5. Opening Friday, May 27, 7-9pm.

GCCA CATSKILL GALLERY 398 main street, catskill. (518) 943-3400. “Spring Cleaning.” Art created with found, vintage, reused and recycled objects. May 7-June 8. Opening Thursday, May 5, 5-7pm.

HADDAD LASCANO GALLERY 297 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 528-0471. “A View of One’s Own.” Personal vistas of six landscape painters. May 5-June 5. Opening Saturday, May 7, 6-8pm.

HUDSON OPERA HOUSE 327 Warren Street, Hudson. (518) 822-1438. “Kathleen Migliore-Newton.” Focus on the urban environment. Through May 7. “Nina Bachinsky.” Large format c-prints that focus on the art of food. Through May 9. “Kathleen Migliore-Newton.” Focusing on the urban environment. Through May 7.

The Barrett Art Center presents

Art o f t he Garden

Art Exhibition & Garden Sale An Art Hop Event

Botanical Paintings, Drawings, Prints, Pottery & Ceramics, Glassware, Jewelry, Garden Sculpture & Objects of all kinds!

Join us for a little Spr ing Fever! Opening & Preview, Saturday February 19th, 4 to 8 pm at The Barrett House Galleries, 55 Noxon Street, Poughkeepsie Exhibit Schedule:

Saturday, February 19th – Saturday, March 5th 2005

Gallery Hours for the duration of the Show: Tuesdays –Fridays, 11:00am - 5:00pm Saturdays, 11:00am – 3:00pm Barrett Art Center/Dutchess County Arts Association 55 Noxon Street, Poughkeepsie NY 12601 Telephone (845) 471 – 2550 Fax (845)-471-2678

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“Annual Juried Art Exhibition.” Paintings, works on paper, mixed media and photographs. May 5. “Measures of Time.” David Burnett. May 14-June 11. Opening Saturday, May 14, 6-8pm.

HUDSON VALLEY CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART 1701 Main Street, Peekskill. (914) 788-7166. “First Look.” Work by 15 young artists from the country’s top MFA programs. May 21. “Figure it Out.” Sculpture and video. May 21-May 31. Opening Sunday, May 22, 4-6pm.

INQUIRING MIND GALLERY 65 Partition Street, Saugerties. 246-5155. “Crime Seen.” Paintings and drawings by Rick Finkelstein. May 14-June 6. “Photographs by Blind and Optically Impaired.” From the Visions Photography Group. Through May 9.

JAMES DOUGLAS GALLERY 22 Railroad Eve, Montgomery. 845-978-1371 “Open to Interpolation.” Diverse 3-person digital photography show. Virginia Moore, Michael Joyce and James Douglas. Through May 7. 3–6 pm.

KARPELES MANUSCRIPT MUSEUM 94 Broadway, Newburgh. 569-4997. “Collaborative Art of Rick Hall and Ron Schmitt.” Created by working simultaneously on a horizontal surface with soft pastels. Through May 28. “M.L.I.” Steel sculpture by Justin Ward. Through May 28. “The Close of the Civil War.” Key manuscripts from the Civil War period. Through June 30.




ticker MAY 14-JUNE 6 Crime Seen Art Show Former criminal lawyer Rick Finkelstein reexamines his career in a show of paintings and drawings—some composed on rap sheets—that are menacing, banal, and/or sinister. Images include anonymous crime scenes and searches, arrests and squad car interiors, possible victims, confessors, courtrooms, whisperers. Opening reception 5/14, 5-7pm. Inquiring Mind Gallery, Saugerties. Free. (845) 246-5155.

MAY 16 Tranny Roadshow A multimedia performance art extravaganza currently touring the US, Tranny Roadshow is an eclectic group of transgender artists, including poets, rappers, filmmakers, storytellers, breakdancers, rock musicians, actors, photographers, folksingers, writers, comedians, actors, and zinesters. They offer an unforgettable, mostly live variety show, including music, poetry, film, dance, and more, in which expression of gender and self meld together. 7:30pm. 3fu, Kingston.;

MAY 20-22 Hudson Valley Artisans Festival The event will feature nearly 200 American and Canadian artists who handcraft items like jewelry, wearable and non-wearable fiber, sculpture, pottery, furniture, paintings, prints, and drawings, and work in all media, from metal to glass to leather. Housed under a light dome and tents, the show is rain or shine. Live music, arts demos, puppet theatre, and playground available. Kiwanis Ice Arena, Saugerties. 5/20 at 10am-5pm; 5/21 at 10am6pm; 5/22 at 10am-5pm. $7/$4.50. (845) 246-9038;

MAY 21-22 Peekskill Open Studios In the past decade, Peekskill has become home to over 100 professional artists, working in a variety of media and genres





ticker and exhibiting internationally. Peekskill Arts Council’s 10th annual open studios tour opens the doors to the city’s vibrant community. Guided studio tours meet at the Gazebo (corner of Park and North Division Streets) to visit over 50 working artists’ downtown studios, six local gallery shows, and a special exhibit of Peekskill artists at the restored Paramount Center for the Arts. 12-4pm. Downtown Peekskill. Free, including shuttle bus and parking. (914) 734-2367.

MAY 28 Mondo Monologue Actors and Writers members perform solo pieces—some romantic, others raw and risible—curated by Mikhail Horowitz. Odd Fellows Theatre, Olivebridge. 8pm. Suggested donation $10. (845) 657-9760.

MAY 28-29 Rhinebeck Antique Fair The fair offers over 200 American, Canadian, and European dealers occupying four exhibition buildings. You’ll find the rare, the beautiful, and the funky on sale, including formal furniture, decorative accessories, statuary, painted cupboards, tables, blanket chests, hooked rugs paintings, quilts, vintage clothing, antique jewelry, metals, books, weathervanes, vintage posters, folk art. Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck. 5/28 at 10am-5pm; 5/29 at 11am-4pm. $9. (845) 876-1989; www.rhine

MAY 28-30 Woodstock-New Paltz Art & Crafts Fair

Art Galleries KIESENDAHL+CALHOUN CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERY 192 Main Street, Beacon. 838-1177. “Visions from a Cuban Outsider.” Paintings by Corso de Palenzuela. Through May 13. “Ensemble.” Paintings by Robin Cook. Through May 16.

KLEINBLUE PRODUCTIONS 518 Main Street, Beacon. 440-3232. “White Spring: All Hands Offer Flowers.” May 7-May 30. Opening Saturday, May 7, 6-8pm.

KLEINERT/JAMES GALLERY 34 Tinker Street, Woodstock. 657-9714. “Byrdcliffe/Second Century.” Local and national artists exhibiting a variety of genres. Through June 10.

LIVING ROOM 45 North Front Street, Kingston. 338-8353. “Luminous Visions.” Paintings by Paul Abrams and Jane Bloodgood-Abrams. May 7-June 26. Reception Saturday, May 7, 6-9pm.

LORIVER ARTS GALLERY 530 Main Street, Beacon. 831-7660. “Encaustics and Oils.” Astrid Fitzgerald and Kotani. Through May 2.

MARK GRUBER GALLERY New Paltz Plaza, New Paltz. 255-1241.

“Bryan Nash Gill.” Sculpture, drawings and prints. Through May 15. “Sculpture and Works on Paper by Bryan Nash Gill.” With new paintings and monotypes by Kezia Hearn. Through May 15.

MOUNTAINTOP GALLERY Main Street, Windham. (518) 734-3104. “Greene County Arts and Crafts Guild Spring Exhibit and Sale.” Through June 12. Opening Saturday, May 7, 2-4pm.

MUSEUM OF THE HUDSON HIGHLANDS Farmhouse Gallery, Route 9W, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-5506 ext 204. “Natural Expressions.” By Mixed Media. Through May 29.

NEW GALLERY OF FINE ART 7 Main Street, Warwick. 987-2044. “Spring Color.” Farewell to winter and welcoming spring. Through May 14.

NORTH POINTE CULTURAL CENTER 62 Chatham Street, Kinderhook. (518) 758-9234. “Ichabod Crane Student Work.” Through May 9. “Paintings by Vincent & Mark Pomilio.” May 20-July 1.

“Eat Me: Paintings of Food.” Group show. Through June 1.

OPEN STUDIO 402 Main Street, Catskill. (518) 943-9531.

MODO GALLERY 506 Warren Street, Hudson. (518) 828-5090.

“Earthly Delights.” Sculpture, objects and works on paper by Dina Bursztyn and Julie Chase. Through May 21.

“Kico Govantes Solo Exhibition.” Through June 2.

P & T SURPLUS 198 Abeel Street, Kingston. 691-9304.

MORGAN LEHMAN GALLERY 24 Sharon Road, Lakeville, CT. (860) 435-0898. “Kezia Hearn.” New paintings and monotypes. Through May 15.

“Nuts and Bolts Art Extravaganza.” May 7-31. Opening Saturday, May 7, 6-8pm.

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Art Galleries PEARL FINE DECORATIVE ARTS GALLERY 3572 Main Street, Stone Ridge. 687-0888. “The Art of Nature.” Photography, glasswork, watercolor, and pencil. Through May 29.

PENDULUM GALLERY 230 Partition Street, Saugerties. 246-6791. “Amanda Wachob and Jason D’ Aquino.” Through May 12.

PHOTONEWBURGH 113 Liberty Street, Newburgh. (646) 641-5888. “Sitting: One Hour Portraits and Flight Series.” Roger Sayre. Through May 22.

RIVERWINDS GALLERY 172 Main Street, Beacon. 838-2880. “T & Coffee.” Artists interpret tea and coffee. Through May 9.

SAMUEL DORSKY MUSEUM OF ART SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz. 257-3844. “BFA Graduate Exhibition I.” Through May 4. “Master of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibitions.” Through May 25. “BFA Graduate Exhibition II.” May 7-May 11. Opening Friday, May 6, 6-8pm. “MFA Graduate Exhibition I.” May 14-May 18. Opening Friday, May 13, 6-8pm. “MFA Graduate Exhibition II.” May 21-May 25. Opening Friday, May 20, 6-8pm.

SPENCERTOWN ACADEMY 790 State Route 203, Spencertown. (518) 392-3693. “A La Carte.” Paintings and pastels of good things from and for the table. May 14-June 26. “Peaceable Kingdom.” Fine traditional crafts. May 14-June 26. Opening Saturday, May 14, 4-6pm.

STRAY DOGS GALLERY 206 Main St., Poughkeepsie. 473-2076. Rebecca Zilinski: Recent Paintings. May21-June 15. Opening Saturday, May 21, 5-8pm.

TIME AND SPACE LIMITED 434 Columbia Street, Hudson. (518) 822-8448. “Why I Save What I Save.” Array of bizarre time capsules and mundane fetishes. May 7-May 31. Opening Saturday, May 7, 6-8pm.

UNISON ARTS AND LEARNING CENTER 68 Mountainrest Road, New Paltz. 255-1559.

VARGA GALLERY 130 Tinker St., Woodstock. 679-4005. Woodstock artists’ group show. May 14-June 17. Opening Saturday, May 14, 5-7pm.

VAULT GALLERY 322 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 644-0221. “Circus Maximus.” Leonard Baskin, Clemens Kalischer, Marilyn Kalish, Kayla Corby. May 1-May 31. Reception Saturday, May 7, 5-8pm.

VILLAGE TEAROOM AND RESTAURANT 10 Plattekill Ave., New Paltz. 255-3434. “Works by Shawn Dell Joyce and Gene Bové.” Through May 31.

WHITECLIFF VINEYARD GALLERY 331 McKinstry Road, Gardiner. 255-4613. “Vineyard, Valleys and Views.” Works by Martinez, Richichi, Zukowski. May 22August 21. Opening Sunday, May 22, 1-4pm.

WILDERSTEIN HISTORIC SITE 330 Morton Road, Rhinebeck. 876-4818. “Out of the Closet. Outside the Box. Down from the Attic.” Costume collection exhibition. May 7-June 30. Opening Saturday, May 7.

WINDHAM FINE ARTS GALLERY 530 Main Street, Windham. (518) 734-6850. “Burgeoning Spring.” Fused glass landscapes by Glenn Abel. Through May 21.

WOODSTOCK ARTISTS’ ASSOCIATION 28 Tinker Street, Woodstock. 679-2940. “Botanica.” Group show regarding all things related to plants. May 14-June 5. “Continuity of Vision.” Solo show by photographer Bernard Gerson. May 14-June 5. “The Art & Career of Carl Eric Lindin.” May 14-July 31. “With Affection: Personal Inscriptions and the Art of Giving.” Prints, drawings, paintings, and other works drawn from the WAA Permanent Collection. Through May 1. “April Shows.” Coffee, Tea and Me; Solo Exhibition by Yale Epstein; With Affection: Personal Inscription and the Art of Giving. Through May 1.

YELLOW BIRD GALLERY 13 Front Street, Newburgh. 7587598. “A Forest and a Tree.” Five artists explore different ways of looking at self and others. “Estranged Objects.” Investigates the literal and metaphorical production of history.

Opening Sunday, May 1, 4-6pm.

“Fragments of Time.” Generations who reflect on the nature of a moment captured.

Sanford Kay: Paintings. Sydney Cash:


Thomas Huber: Paintings. May 28-June 30.

“Lynn Butler and Ralph Gabriner.” Photography exhibition. May 1-May 22.

VAN BRUNT GALLERY 460 Main St., Beacon. 838-2995.

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Light Sculpture. Through May 23.

“Looking Both Ways: Three Artists from Korea.” Through May 8.

Calendar SUNDAY 1 MAY ART Paint the Town: Artists’ Day in High Falls 1pm. Art displays and auction at D&H Canal Gallery. High Falls. 687-9311. Lynn Butler and Ralph Gabriner 4-6pm. Photography exhibitions. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. CLASSES Modern Dance Intermediate Master Class 2-4pm. Hudson Valley Modern Dance Cooperative, Saugerties. 943-6700. The Vegetarian Gourmet 4-7pm. Whole Foods Whole People, Salt Point. 266-4282. DANCE May Dance 3pm. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7900. Swing Dance 6:30-9pm. Lesson at 6pm. Arlington Reformed Church, Poughkeepsie. 339-3032. $5. EVENTS Yom Hashoah Holocaust Commemoration 9am-5pm. Jewish Community Center, Poughkeepsie. 471-9811. Trivia Challenge 5-8pm. Italian Center, Poughkeepsie. 454-1492. $20. FILM Screening of Christo’s Valley Curtain and Islands 2pm. Spencertown Academy, Spencertown. (518) 392-3693. KIDS Honk! 3pm. Adaptation of “The Ugly Duckling.” Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. $18/$16 seniors/children/$15 groups (10+). MUSIC The Biscuit Burners with The Dwyer Family 2-5pm. Acoustic, bluegrass. River Station, Poughkeepsie. 691-6784. Mikhail Horowitz and Gilles Malkine 3pm. Friends of Music, Middletown. 343-3049. $12/$10 members. Vassar College Orchestra 3pm. Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. 437-7294. Camarata New York 4pm. Works by Bach, Haydn, Boccherini and Tchaikovsky. Highlands Episcopal Church, Cold Spring. 297-924. $25/$12. Joe Jackson and Todd Rundgren 7pm. Bardavon, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072. Joe Anello Trio 7-10pm. Jazz. Uncommon Grounds, Wurtsboro. 888-2121. Carmina Burana 8pm. Bard College Chorus and Chamber Singers. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7250. THE OUTDOORS Open Spring Schooling Show 9am. To Benefit the Ulster Equistars and Pony People 4H Clubs. Green Heron Farm, Woodstock. 246-9427. Spring Bird Walk 9am. Stony Kill Farm, Wappingers Falls. 831-8780.

Mohonk Preserve Singles Hike – Castle Point 9:30am-3:30pm. Moderate, 7-mile hike. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919. Beltane Mystery 10am. Short walk and talks. Minnewaska State Park, New Paltz. 255-2011. SPOKEN WORD Secular Morality and the Gay Community 2pm. Conrad Claborn. New Paltz Village Hall, New Paltz. 247-0098. THEATRE Anna Tormelo & the Manhattan Lyric Opera 3pm. Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, Poughkeepsie. 486-4571. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival 3pm. “Season Teaser,” a preview of the Shakespeare plays to be offered during its summer 2005 season at Boscobel. Newburgh Free Library, Newburgh. 563-3619. Pippi Longstocking 7:30pm. Community Children’s Theatre of Dutchess County. Spackenkill High School, Poughkeepsie. 221-3107. WORKSHOPS Our True Home Is Right Here Call for times. A Spring Retreat in the Tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. Omega Institute, Rhinebeck. (800) 944-1001. $250 plus accommodations. Home Energy Conservation Workshop 10am-1pm. Sustainable Living Resource Center, Cottekill. 679-9597. $10. Asparagus Cooking Demonstration 1pm. Greig Farm Marketplace and Bakery, Red Hook. 758-6561. MONDAY 2 MAY ART West Coast Swing Dance Level 1 7-8pm. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. BODY / MIND / SPIRIT House That Bears Your Name: Trauma Self-Healing Group 6:30-8pm. Acorn Hill Healing Arts, Olivebridge. 657-2516. $45. CLASSES Swing Dance Class by Chester Freeman Beginner 6:30, Intermediate 7:30, Advanced 8:30. Reformed Church of the Comforter, Kingston. 236-3939. Meditation: The Key to Inner Life 8pm. Woodstock Community Center, Woodstock. 797-1218. MUSIC Acoustic Open Mike 7:30-11pm. Hosted by B Seth B. Cantina Grille, Rhinebeck. 876-6816. Charles Frommer & Steve Raleigh Duo 10pm. Jazz. Bacchus, New Paltz. 255-8636. SPOKEN WORD Readings from My Home Is Far Away 1pm. By actor and director Nicola Sheara. Esopus/Port Ewen Library, Port Ewen. 338-5580. Experiencing History-Tingling with the Past 7pm. Author Sarvananda Bluestone. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7508.

WORKSHOPS CleanGreen 7-8:30pm. Sustainable Living Resource Center, Cottekill. 679-9597. $24 includes recipe booklet. TUESDAY 3 MAY BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Listen to the Silence Call for times. Experience the sweetness of silence. Peace Village Learning and Retreat Center, Haines Falls. (518) 589-5000. CLASSES Quick Soups and Quick Breads 6:30-9:30pm. Marbletown Community Center, Stone Ridge. 658-7887. EVENTS Career Fair 10am-5pm. Best Western Inn and Conference Center, Poughkeepsie. 437-4741. MUSIC DCC Spring Instrumental Concert 7pm. Dutchess County Community College, Poughkeepsie. 431-8625. Electro-Acoustic Ensemble 8pm. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7900. Jefferson Starship 9pm. Hudson River Theatre, Hudson. (518) 828-9550. $40. THE OUTDOORS Early Birds 6:30am. Bird watching. Minnewaska State Park, New Paltz. 255-2011. Babes in the Woods Hike 10am. Hike for grownups with babies. Minnewaska State Park, New Paltz. 255-2011. SPOKEN WORD Readings from My Home Is Far Away 4pm. By actor and director Nicola Sheara. Town of Ulster Library, Ulster. 339-4954. Harold Klemps Talks on Video 8-9pm. The Foolish of God. SUNY New Paltz Student Union Building, New Paltz. 257-2121. THEATRE Beauty and the Beast 8pm. The Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. $20, $18 seniors and children. WEDNESDAY 4 MAY ART DCC COM Show 7:30pm. Produced by the students in “Learning in Progress.” Dutchess County Community College, Poughkeepsie. 431-8612. West Coast Swing Dance Level 2 8:15-9:15pm. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.


CLASSES Designing for a Client 6-9pm. Interior design basics, 4 sessions. Business Resource Center, Kingston. 339-2025. $109. Developing Fashion Concepts 6-8pm. Techniques used by professionals to develop fashion brands/designs. Business Resource Center, Kingston. 339-2025. $99. A Vine Less Traveled 7:30pm. Explore lesser known grape varieties and regions. The New Paltz Wine School, New Paltz. 255-0110. EVENTS Hudson Bush Plant Sale and Garden Exchange 10am-3pm. Clermont Historic Site, Clermont. (518) 537-4240.


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Mid-Hudson Sierra “Sustainable Consumption” Dinner 7pm. Gabriel’s, Kingston. (518) 828-0972. $25. KIDS Organic Gardening 7:30pm. Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-5506, ext 204. $5/$3 members. MUSIC Elly Wininger 8/10. Singer, songwriter, guitarist. Joyous Lake, Woodstock. 679-8100. $8. Spring Choral Concert 12:15pm/7:30pm. Quimby Theatre, Stone Ridge. 687-5262. Bard College Community Chorus and Chamber Singers 8pm. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7900. Kurt Henry Band 8-10:30pm. Original. Joyous Lake, Woodstock. 679-8100. Allison Dennis 10pm. Acoustic, blues, folk, pop. Bacchus, New Paltz. 255-8636. SPOKEN WORD Poetry & Picnic Call for time. A celebration of the work of Mary Oliver. The Dreaming Goddess, Pok. 473-2206. Mary Panza 7:30pm. Poetry, spoken word. The New York Bagelry and Café, Poughkeepsie. 463-3370. Story-Telling Through Song: Schumann’s Dichterliebe 7:30pm. Marbletown Community Center, Stone Ridge. 687-2687. THURSDAY 5 MAY ART Spring Cleaning 5-7pm. GCCA Catskill Gallery, Catskill. (518) 943-3400. BODY/MIND/SPIRIT Mediation Circle 6-6:45pm. 4 Thurs. W/Rev. Kevin Kraft. Spirittus, Kingston. 338-8313. EVENTS Month of May ‘Hands On’ Celebration 4-6pm. Open house and reception for the Habilidad program. Mill Street Loft, Poughkeepsie. 471-7477. Yom Hashoah Commemoration 7pm. Presented by the Jewish Federation of County. Congregation Ahavath Israel, Kingston. 338-8131.

May is Marvelous at Cunneen-Hackett! 120 year-old Landmark Victorian Buildings in Poughkeepsie's Historic River District

FRIDAY, MAY 6 • 7:30pm Pippi Longstocking

presented by the Community Children's Theater of Dutchess County

SUNDAY, MAY 1 • 3pm

Anna Tormela & The Manhattan Lyric Opera Welcome May with light opera and popular tunes of stage and screen.

FRIDAY, MAY 6 • 5-7pm

May & Magnolia Cunneen-Hackett Porch Party Benefit

FRIDAY-SUNDAY • 8 & 3pm MAY 13-15 & 20-22

Murder in the Magnolias* A hilarious "whodunit" spoof of Southern dramas. *A Cunneen-Hackett Fund Raiser

FRIDAY, MAY 28 • 8pm

M&M Production of the Modern classic



9 & 12 Vassar Street • Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 • 845-486-4571

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MUSIC Spring Choral Concert 12:30pm. Dutchess County Community College, Poughkeepsie. 431-8000 ext. 3994. THE OUTDOORS Hike for Tykes 2pm. Exploration at a toddler’s pace, up to 6 years. Minnewaska State Park, New Paltz. 255-2011. SPOKEN WORD John Ashbery Poetry Series 5pm. Peter Lamborn Wilson and Bard professor David Levi Strauss. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7425. Readings from My Home Is Far Away 7pm. By actor and director Nicola Sheara. Ariel Bookstore, New Paltz. 255-8041. THEATRE Raised in Captivity 8pm. Black comedy about personal relationships and self-discovery. Van Cortlandtville School Theatre, Mohegan Lake. (914) 528 4145. $15/$10 seniors and students.

FRIDAY 6 MAY ART American Artists for Tsunami Victims 5pm. Black tie reception, general admission, auction. Arden Conference Center, Harriman. 926-3490. $55/$20. Trina Greene and K.L. McKenna 5-7pm. Sculpture and pastel drawings. Coffey Gallery, Kingston. 339-6105.

Mohegan Lake. (914) 528 4145. $15/$10 seniors and students.

WORKSHOPS Cosmic Salon 10:30am-12pm. Mirabai, Woodstock. 679-2100. Writing Workshops for Teachers 3pm. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7484.

BFA Graduate Exhibition II 6-8pm. Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz. 257-3844.

Learn Energy Healing 7-9pm. One Light Healing Touch Healer Training School, Rhinebeck. 876-0259.

CLASSES Modern Dance Intermediate Class 5-6:30pm. For mature, motivated dancers in a noncompetitive atmosphere. SUNY New Paltz Elting Gym, New Paltz. 943-6700. $14.

Speaking Heart to Heart: The Principles of True Dialog 8pm. Biodynamic gardening, inner development, and aspects of Goethean science. Sunbridge College, Chestnut Ridge. 425-0055 ext. 24. $15/$10.

DANCE Dance from the Home Front 8pm. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. $15 adults/$13 seniors/children. Cajun Dance 8-11:15pm. With Cleoma’s Ghost and Friends. Colony Café, Woodstock. 384-6673. EVENTS Annual Silent Auction Woodstock Artists Association, Woodstock. 679-2940. May and Magnolia 5-7pm. Porch party benefit. CunneenHackett Arts Center, Poughkeepsie. 486-4571. FILM Treasures of Documentary: Lumiere to Vigo 7:30pm. Spencertown Academy, Spencertown. (518) 392-3693. MUSIC Two Dollar Goat 5-7pm. Acoustic, bluegrass, old-time, traditional. Keegan Ales, Kingston. 331-BREW. Capella Festiva Chamber Choir presents Love and Shadows Guest conductor - Robert Rene Galvan.Christ Episcopal Church. Barclay Street, Poughkeepsie.454-0715. $15, $12 seniors/students. THE OUTDOORS Star Party 8-11pm. Lecture, slide show and star observations. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919. SPOKEN WORD Jennifer Washburn 8pm. Investigative journalist discusses higher education. TSL Warehouse, Hudson. (518) 828-8448. Hunger Magazine Poetry Reading/ Release Party 9pm. J. J. Blickstein, Susan McKechnie & Richard Rizzi. Cubbyhole, Poughkeepsie. 483-7584. THEATRE Macbeth 10am. NY Daytop Preparatory School, for high school students. The Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080 ext. 13. Living Threads 3 7pm. What is Education Anyway? Cocoon Theatre, Rhinebeck. 876-6470. $10. Pippi Longstocking 7:30pm. Community Children’s Theatre of Dutchess County. Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, Poughkeepsie. 486-4571. Community Playback Theatre 8pm. Improvisation based on audience members’ experiences and dreams. Boughton Place, Highland. 691-4118. $6. Raised in Captivity 8pm. Comedy about personal relationships and self-discovery. Van Cortlandtville School Theatre,

SATURDAY 7 MAY ART Out of the Closet. Outside the Box. Down from the Attic Call for times. Costume collection exhibition. Wilderstein Historic Site, Rhinebeck. 876-4818. Retrospective of Paintings Call for times. Kingston Artist Julia McEntee Dillon. Friends of Historic Kingston Museum, Kingston. 339-0720. Greene County Arts and Crafts Guild Spring Exhibit and Sale 2-4pm. Mountaintop Gallery, Windham. (518) 734-3104. Paintings and Drawings By Polly Rogers 4-8pm. Hippocrates Gallery, Kingston. 339-6077. Charise Isis: American Stripper 5-7pm. Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock. 679-7747. Sadee Brathwaite 5-7pm. New paintings. Gallery at Deep Listening Space, Kingston. 338-5984. Daily Life 5-7pm. Figurative graphic images by Damien Henry. A.D.D. Gallery, Hudson. (518) 822-9763. Figures 5-7pm. Pastel drawings by K.L. McKenna. Coffey Gallery, Kingston. 339-6105. May Flowers 5-7pm. Sculpture by Trina Greene. Coffey Gallery, Kingston. 339-6105. Toward Omega 5-7pm. Featuring floral works by Isreali artists. a & e fine art, Kingston. 331-5077. Spirit Boats 5-7pm. Photographs by Vincent Serbin. Galerie BMG, Woodstock. 679-0027. Universal Portraits 5-7pm. Paintings by Sadee Brathwaite. Gallery at Deep Listening Space, Kingston. 338-5984. Circus Maximus 5-8pm. Leonard Baskin, Clemens Kalischer, Marilyn Kalish, Kayla Corby. Vault Gallery, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 644-0221. Sky 5-8pm. Paintings and photographs. ASK Gallery, Kingston. 338-0331. Chris Hawkins 5-10pm. Opening reception. Farfetched Gallery, Kingston. (914) 907-9332. A View of One’s Own 6-8pm. Personal vistas of six regional landscape painters. Haddad Lascano Gallery, Great Barrington, MA. (413) 528-0471. Face to Face 6-8pm. Barbara Green, Pat Hogan, Jacqueline Jolles, Roberta Meyerson, Marion Vinot. Deborah Davis Fine Arts, Hudson. (518) 822-1890. Nuts and Bolts Art Extravaganza 6-8pm. P & T Surplus, Kingston. 691-9304.




had already listened to Sloan Wainwright’s latest CD, Cool Morning, several times when I got this humorous quote from her: “When people say I sound like Cher—and they do say that—that is the oddest comparison to me.” Come on, people. Don’t ruin this for me. That is a really odd comparison, considering these two people have completely different styles. Here’s another comparison: Annie Lennox. There...that’s better. Besides, Cher could never pull off the six-and-a-half-minute, honey-butter interpretation of U2’s “Where the Streets Have No Name” with Wainwright’s self-assured, earthy contralto vox and smooth precision. But Annie could. You may already be familiar with Wainwright’s name and work, or at least with some of her famous family members’: Loudon is her brother—11 years her senior—and his children, Rufus and Martha, are her nephew and niece. So, Sloan Wainwright’s home life was originally tune-packed. “Writing and creating songs was the norm in our family growing up,” she says. “We were a household of writers, so it was a very natural form of expression for me and it was always encouraged. Writing songs wasn’t anything special. It was easier for me to write a song than figure out what to wear, which is still very much the kind of person I am.” Wainwright, who makes her home in Katonah, learned to play the piano while watching her older brother rise to success. She developed her own style while writing and performing as part of the groovy Greenwich Village scene. She found a musical compatriot in guitarist Stephen Murphy in the mid ’90s and put together a band for her first release, Sloan Wainwright, in 1996. The album was a national success, followed by a second release in 1998, From Where You Are, and a third in 2001, The Song Inside. It was with this junior release that her folk stylings began unfolding a more elaborate feel. Cool Morning is her most mature release to date. She’s joined by bandmates guitarist Stephen Murphy, pianist Cary Brown, and producer/drummer Joe Bonadio, who’s worked with Martin Sexton, Avril Lavigne, and Shawn Colvin. Also featured are pianist David Sancious (Bruce Springsteen, Sting), bassists Jeff Allen (Avril Lavigne, Duncan Sheik) and John Patitucci (Chick Corea, Stan Getz), keyboardist Harvey Jones (Ellis Paul, Robbie Dupree), and guitarist Marc Shulman (Celine Dion, Patty Larkin). With this impressive professional mix, Cool Morning is a potent hybrid of folk, rock, jazz, and blues, ranging from beautifully textured ballads to midtempo folk rock. These tracks are strong and expressive, and Wainwright delivers each one with grace, passion, originality, and sensitivity. Poetic lyrics such as those of the title track remind us of the unfurling of the spring season: “Climbs the garden wall, perfect hearts that bleed, trembling on their stem, purple lipstick iris uncurl.” Check out some Sloan and get deep. Or better yet, catch the live show and make some new musical memories. —Sharon Nichols SLOAN WAINWRIGHT WILL PLAY THE TOWNE CRIER, 130 ROUTE 22, PAWLING, ON SATURDAY, MAY 14; SUSAN KANE WILL OPEN THE SHOW. (854) 855-1300; WWW.TOWNECRIER.COM.


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Why I Save What I Save 6-8pm. Array of bizarre time capsules and mundane fetishes. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448.

The Christine Spero Group 5-9pm. Contemporary, fusion, jazz, Latin, pop, salsa. Griffin’s Corners Café, Fleischmanns. 254-6300.

Luminous Visions 6-9pm. Paintings by Paul Abrams and Jane Bloodgood-Abrams. Livingroom, Kingston, NH. 338-8353.

Hudson Valley Youth Chorale’s 10th Anniversary Concert 7pm. Holy Cross Church, Kingston. 246-7192. $10/$5 children.

BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Traditional Sweat Lodges Women 9am, Men 3pm. Acorn Hill Healing Arts, Olivebridge. 657-2516.

30th Anniversary Benefit Concert 8pm. Presented by Unison Arts and Learning Center. Studley Theatre, New Paltz. 255-1559. $30/$40.

CLASSES Reiki I 10am-5pm. Connie and Joyce Traditional Reiki Masters. Woodstock. 336-4609.

Dave Lieban and Phil Markiwitz 8pm. Jazz saxophone and piano. North Pointe Cultural Center, Kinderhook. (518) 758-9234.

Reiki I Class 12-4pm. Hurley. 340-0220.

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DANCE Latin American Dinner Dance 8pm. Dutchess County Community College, Poughkeepsie. 431-8039. $10. English Country Dance 8-11pm. Workshop at 7:30. Hurley Reformed Church, Hurley. 679-8587. $8. EVENTS Annual Luminosa Award for Unity Call for times. To Canadian Senator Douglas Roche. Mariapolis Luminosa, Hyde Park. 229-0239. $20/$15 youth/ $10 children. Car Show and Swap Meet Dutchess County Fairground, Rhinebeck. 876-3554. Mother’s Day Tea 1-4pm. Make sure to wear a hat. Greig Farm Marketplace and Bakery, Red Hook. 758-6561. $5. Nursing Candlelight 2pm. Graduates of SUNY Ulster’s Nursing program ceremony. Quimby Theatre, Stone Ridge. 687-5262. Hyde Park Library Fundraiser 8pm. Featuring Eric Garrison. Hyde Park Free Library’s Annex, Hyde Park. 229-7791. $10/$7 students.

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FILM Meet the Filmmaker: Deborah Shaffer 8pm. With a screening of Asylum. Spencertown Academy, Spencertown. (518) 392-3693.

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Wildlife Wonders 2pm. Museum of the Hudson Highlands’ Saturday program. Orange County Citizens Foundation, Sugarloaf. 534-5506, ext. 204. Pippi Longstocking 3pm. Community Children’s Theatre of Dutchess County. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. MUSIC Tenor Chuck Sokolowski Call for times. Recital opera, classical and contemporary pieces. Woodstock Day School, Saugerties. 246-3744 ext. 106. Celebration of Celts 9am-7:30pm. A cappella, acoustic, Celtic, choral, contemporary, dance. Columbia County Fair Grounds, Chatham. (518) 851-9070.

Hudson Valley Philharmonic Symphony Concert V 8pm. Eroica’s Triple. Bardavon, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072. $36-42. Prez 8pm. Uncommon Grounds Coffeehouse, Wurtsboro. 888-2121. Bar Scott with Jen Starr and Callie Hershey 8-10pm. Acoustic, original, solo, vocals. Inquiring Minds Gallery, Saugerties. 246-5155.

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WORKSHOPS Access Your Healing Potential Weekend One Light Healing Touch Healer Training School, Rhinebeck. 876-0259. Medicine Conference 8am-5pm. Breast cancer options. Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. 657-8222. $25/$35/$12. Dyeing Silks with Plant Colors 9am-5pm. Sunbridge College, Chestnut Ridge. 425-0055 ext. 24. $95. Speaking Heart to Heart: The Principles of True Dialog 9am-5pm. Biodynamic gardening, inner development, and aspects of Goethean science. Sunbridge College, Chestnut Ridge. 425-0055 ext. 24. $120. Melt Your Stress Away 1:30-3:30pm. Facilitated by Denise Lewis. Arlington Branch Library, Poughkeepsie. 227-3190. May Day NoseGay 2-4pm. Learn to make a delicate bouquet. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. $30/$35. SUNDAY 8 MAY

Divest with Shift & Dark Silence 9pm. Alternative, heavy metal, rock. West Strand Grill, Kingston. 340-4272. $6.

BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Traditional Sweat Lodges Women 9am, Men 3pm. Acorn Hill Healing Arts, Olivebridge. 657-2516.

Sugar Beats 9pm. 60’s Garage, Alternative Rock, Surf, Psychedelic. Scaramouche, Newburgh. 236-3045.

The Liberating Power of Aquarius 11am. Contemplative Meeting in the Temple. Lectorium Rosicrucianum Center, Chatham. (518) 392-2799.

Thunder Ridge 10pm. Country, rock. The Inn at Leeds, Leeds. (518) 943-6451.

Divine Mother’s Day Celebration 10:30pm. Talks, poetry, music, potluck lunch. Vivekananda Retreat at Ridgely Manor, Stone Ridge. 687-4574.

THE OUTDOORS Smiley Carriage Trail / Napanoch Point Moderately strenuous hike. Call for meeting place and time, 532-9303. Singles Work Day 9-11am. Bring your own gardening tools. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919.

CLASSES Reiki II 10am-5pm. Connie and Joyce Traditional Reiki Masters. Woodstock. 336-4609.

Nature Conservancy’s Thompson Pond Preserve 9:30am. Easy walk. Meet at Peck’s Market, Pine Plains. 452-1727.

MUSIC Capella Festiva Chamber Choir presents Love and Shadows Guest conductor - Robert Rene Galvan.Christ Episcopal Church. Barclay Street, Poughkeepsie. 454-0715. $15, $12 seniors/students.

May Flowers 10am. Hike to look for wildflowers. Minnewaska State Park, New Paltz. 255-2011.

Hudson Valley Youth Chorale’s 10th Anniversary Concert 3pm. Holy Cross Church, Kingston. 246-7192. $10/$5 children.

The Pond is Alive! 10am. Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-5506, ext 204. $7/$5.

The Vivaci Ensemble’s Mother’s Day Concert 3pm. With special guests Larry Wallach and Larry Glatt. Hawthorne Valley School Concert Hall, Harlemville. (518) 672-7092 ext. 114. $10.

Search for Wild Foods 11:45am-3:45pm. Stony Kill Farm, Wappingers Falls. 831-8780. $10/$5 children. SPOKEN WORD Spring Collection Studio Program 8pm. Speech, music and eurhythmy. Sunbridge College, Chestnut Ridge. 352-5020 ext. 13. THEATRE Pippi Longstocking 3pm. Community Children’s Theatre of Dutchess County. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-1667. Living Threads 3 7pm. What is Education Anyway? Cocoon Theatre, Rhinebeck. 876-6470. $10. Go West, Old Man 8pm. Pair of one-act Stephen Crane plays. Sunnyside Theater, New Paltz. 255-9081. Macbeth 8pm. Daytop Preparatory School’s original adaptation. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. Please reserve. Raised in Captivity 8pm. Comedy about personal relationships and self-discovery. Van Cortland-

Joe Anello Trio 7-10pm. Jazz. Uncommon Grounds Coffeehouse, Wurtsboro. 888-2121. THE OUTDOORS Singles Hike – Bonticou Crag 9:30am-2:30pm. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919. Mom’s Day Hike & Rubber Ducky Race 10am-12:30pm. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919. SPOKEN WORD What is abstract art? 3-5pm. Open forum. Tivoli Artists’ Co-op, Tivoli. 757-COOP. THEATRE Macbeth 3pm. Daytop Preparatory School’s original adaptation. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. Please reserve. Go West, Old Man 8pm. Pair of one-act Stephen Crane plays. Sunnyside Theater, New Paltz. 255-9081.





hen they think of the tidal wave of genius that swept through the 17th-century Netherlandish art world, most people are inclined to think of images of ordinary life, intensely captured. But the new exhibition at Vassar College, “Time and Transformation in Seventeenth-Century Dutch Art,” goes beyond the surface beauty of the works, and into what curator Susan Donahue Kuretsky calls “the complex relationship between art and life in the Dutch Republic.” This is an original exhibition that focuses on the 17th-century Dutch artists’ absorption with the transforming effects of time and age, of natural and manmade disasters, on subjects as seemingly disparate as architecture, landscape, and even the human face. It’s an absorption reflected in images of weathered buildings, rustic ruins, still lifes with skulls, and catastrophes like flood and fire. As early as the 15th century, Kuretsky notes, artists in the Netherlands had incorporated ruins into devotional paintings. But it was only in the 17th century, when an independent Dutch Republic had been established after the wars with Spain, that completely secular images of ruins began to appear. Prints with images of local, war-damaged sites served not only as reminders of transience, but as testimony to the new nation’s recent triumphs. The exhibit’s first section, “Monumental Ruins in Dutch Landscape,” explores works in this context, including a rare etching by Hercules Segers, The Ruins of the Abbey at Rijnsburg, (n.d.). Because many Dutch artists traveled to Italy to draw inspiration from the relics of its past, a large category of paintings consists of Italianate landscapes, like Adrian van de Velde’s Figures and Cattle with a Ruined Aqueduct (1664). But architecture didn’t need to be either antique or monumental to suggest time’s passing. Rustic structures beaten up by time and use, like Jacob van Ruisdale’s Collapsed Hut (1643) also figure. A group gathered under the title “Time and Transformation Embodied” focuses on “vanitas still lifes,” a name invented by the Dutch from the Latin word for vanity. But whether it’s a decayed tree, a medieval ruin now fused with nature, or an age-worn human face, transformation need not be gradual. It can come from the sudden invasion of wind, flood, or fire. A gallery devoted to “Floods, Fires and Other Disasters” records such catastrophes, like Daniel Vosmaer’s painting of the great gunpowder explosion, The Delft Thunderclap (1654); as well as remarkable contributions from Jan van der Heyden, fire chief of Amsterdam: not only did he paint actual destruction by fire; he wrote an illustrated manual on firefighting (pub. Amsterdam, 1690). This rare assemblage of some 90 paintings and works on paper, ranging in date from 1600 to 1690, has been drawn from Vassar’s own collection, from private holdings, and from major collections in the US and abroad. —Mary Cassai “TIME AND TRANSFORMATION IN 17TH-CENTURY DUTCH ART” WILL BE ON VIEW AT THE FRANCES LEHMAN LOEB ART CENTER, VASSAR COLLEGE, THROUGH JUNE 19. EVENTS ARE SCHEDULED TO

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Chamber Music: A Living Tradition 7:30pm. Marbletown Community Center, Stone Ridge. 687-2687. Wild for Wildflowers 7:30pm. Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-5506, ext 204. $5/$3. THURSDAY 12 MAY CLASSES Capoeira Angola with Mario Pereira 7:30pm. 6 Thursdays. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. $60 members / $75 non-members. THE OUTDOORS Hike for Tykes 2pm. Exploration at a toddlers pace, up to 6 years. Minnewaska State Park, New Paltz. 255-2011. SPOKEN WORD Civil War Re-enactor Trish Chambers 7pm. Performs in period costume. East Fishkill Library, Hopewell Junction. 221-6075. Tim Page on My Home Is Far Away 7pm. Woodstock Wool, Woodstock. 679-8000. THEATRE A.L.I.C.E. in Wonderland 8pm. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448. $10/$7.50 members/$5 children. FRIDAY 13 MAY ART South Sea and Tahitian Pearl Exhibition and Floor Sale 5-9pm. Delconte Photo Studio, Tivoli. 416-4214. MFA Graduate Exhibition I 6-8pm. Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz. 257-3844. BODY / MIND / SPIRIT The Heart of a Heroine Call for times. Retreat for women. Peace Village Learning and Retreat Center, Haines Falls. (518) 589-5000. CLASSES Modern Dance Intermediate Class 5-6:30pm. For mature, motivated dancers in a noncompetitive atmosphere. SUNY New Paltz Elting Gym, New Paltz. 943-6700. $14. EVENTS Country Folk Art Craft Show Fri 5-9, Sat 10-5, Sun 10-5. Dutchess County Fair Grounds, Rhinebeck. 876-4001. MUSIC Mid-Hudson Community Orchestra Concert 8pm. Dutchess County Community College, Poughkeepsie. 431-8625. Tim Grimm and The Laws 8pm. Folk. blues, country. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. $11/$15. The Trapps 10pm. Joyous Lake, Woodstock. 679-8100. THE OUTDOORS 4th Annual Paddle Days 9am-5pm. Canoe or kayak Candlewood Lake. Lynn Deming Town Park, New Milford, CT. (860) 354-3276. Geology of the Shawangunks, Part I 7-9pm. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919. $4 non-members. SPOKEN WORD Uncommon Poets Reading Series 8pm. Uncommon Grounds Coffeehouse, Wurtsboro. 888-2121. THEATRE Living Threads 3 7pm. What is Education Anyway? Cocoon Theatre, Rhinebeck. 876-6470. $10. A.L.I.C.E. in Wonderland 8pm. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448. $10/$7.50 members/$5 children.

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Cabaret 8pm. County Players Falls Theatre, Wappingers Falls. 298-1491. Man of La Mancha 8pm. Presented by The Public Arts Resource Center and The Two of Us Productions. First United Methodist Church, Pittsfield, MA. (413) 443-0129. $15/$12 seniors and students. Murder in Magnolias 8pm. Whodunit spoof of Southern dramas. Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, Poughkeepsie. 486-4571. Raised in Captivity 8pm. Comedy about personal relationships and self-discovery. Van Cortlandtville School Theatre, Mohegan Lake. (914) 528 4145. $15/$10 seniors and students. WORKSHOPS Mind, Matter & Time: Mirrors of Reality Call for times. Omega Institute, Rhinebeck. (800) 944-1001. $295 plus accommodations. The Heart of a Heroine Call for times. An Experiential Weekend Retreat for Women. Peace Village Learning and Retreat Center, Haines Falls. (518) 589-5000.

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Painting Central Park in May 10am-5pm. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388. SATURDAY 14 MAY ART Artists on Location Silent auction. Garrison Art Center, Garrison. 424-3960. Plant Dyeing for Parents and Children 9am-12pm. Sunbridge College, Chestnut Ridge. 425-0055 ext. 24. $55/$25 children. Right Brain Saturday 10am-12pm. Ages 6-10, explore methods and issues of exhibiting artists. Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT. (203) 438-4519. Lynne Cook on Andy Warhol 1pm. Dia, Beacon. 440-0100. $10.

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A La Carte 4-6pm. Paintings and pastels of good things from and for the table. Spencertown Academy, Spencertown. (518) 392-3693.


Peaceable Kingdom 4-6pm. Fine traditional crafts. Spencertown Academy, Spencertown. (518) 392-3693.

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Marelene Weidenbaum 4-6pm. Opening reception. Eliza Protxler Studio & Gallery, Highland. 691-5506. The Art & Career of Carl Eric Lindin, Continuity of Vision, and Botanica 4-6pm. Woodstock Artists’ Association, Woodstock. 679-2940. Artists on Location 5-7pm. Live auction. Garrison Art Center, Garrison. 424-3960. Crime Seen 5-7pm. Paintings and drawings by Rick Finkelstein. Inquiring Mind Gallery, Saugerties. 246-5155. Icons & Corners of the Valley 5-8pm. Solo exhibit of plein-air pastel paintings by Marlene Wiedenbaum. Elisa Pritzker Studio & Gallery, Highland. 691-5506. Measures of Time 6-8pm. David Burnett. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438. BAU 5- Stages 6-9pm. Donald Alter, Melissa Greaves, Claude van Lingen, Harald Plochberger. bau, Beacon. 591-2331. BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Woman of the Lotus Call for times. Het Hert Teachings on the love of beauty and the power of sound. Per Ankh, Kingston. 339-5776.

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Bhagavad Gita Discussion Group 10:30am. Vivekananda Retreat at Ridgely Manor, Stone Ridge. 687-4574. DANCE DanceSharing 7pm. Presented by Vanaver Caravan Institute students. Quimby Theatre, Stone Ridge. 256-9300. Woodstock Tango 8pm. Junior Cervila, Argentinean tango. Mountain View Studio, Woodstock. 246-1122. EVENTS Faux Duck Feast Call for time. Fundraiser presented by the Winslow Therapeutic Center. Warwick. 986-6686. 5th Annual Women’s Health and Fitness Expo 8am-3pm. Tech City, Kingston. 338-7140. Spring Hat Parade 1pm. Main Street, Beacon. 838-1737. Chicken BBQ and Mother’s Day Plant Sale 3:30-6pm. Sponsored by Protect the Plattekill Creek & Watershed. Cantine Field, Saugerties. 246-7174. Chocolate Social and Silent Auction 7-10pm. Benefits the teen center and flood victims. Marbletown Teen Center, Stone Ridge. 687-9101. $10. KIDS Cinderella 11/1. Tangelwood Marionettes. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. $7/$9. Dutchess Arts Camp 10am-1pm. Arlington Middle School, Poughkeepsie. 471-7477. Rapunzel 11am. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080. MUSIC Ed Sanders Until 2am. CD & Book release party. Air Studio Gallery, Kingston. 331-2662. Vickie Russel 7-9pm. Acoustic, folk, original, pop, vocals. Ellenville Public Library Community Room, Ellenville. 647-1497. Balinese Music and Dance 8pm. Native players join Bard College and Hudson Valley Gamelans. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 679-8624. Dorothy Emmerson 8pm. Russian songs. Spencertown Academy, Spencertown. (518) 392-3693. Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra 8pm. Vladimir Pleshakov, pianist. Hudson High School Auditorium, Hudson. 562-1800. Hudson Valley Jazz Greats 8pm. Betty MacDonald, Jay Anderson, Joe Beck, Warren Bernhardt. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. $12/$16. Piano- King of Instruments Series 8pm. Catskill Mountain Foundation Performing Arts Center, Hunter. (518) 263-4908 ext 202. $12/$30 whole series. Shuga Kain 8pm. Rock. The Chance, Poughkeepsie. 471-1966. The Christine Spero Group 8:30pm. Contemporary, fusion, jazz, Latin, pop, salsa. The Mondo, Beacon. 831-4988. Chris Smithers 9pm. Rosendale Café, Rosendale. 658-9048. $18. The Van Travis Band 9pm. Blues, country, jazz, oldies, pop, rock, solo, swing. Samsonville Road, Kerhonkson. 339-9639.

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ift your skirts, lads. In the world of Celtic games, men in kilts are judged on the shapeliness of their knees by blindfolded lasses.And when it comes to throwing things for fun, the Celts are into telephone pole tossing. Or hammers. It might sound bizarre, but this could be your heritage. Two-thirds of the people in this country have Celtic roots—tracing back to one of the eight Celtic nations of Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Cornwall, Isle of Man, Brittany, Asturias, or Galicia—so if it’s not you, it’s the next guy. If you feel like celebrating, the hugest Celtic event on the East Coast is coming up this month—the Celebration of Celts, a festival of history, heritage, music and dance. “Music is critical to the success of any Celtic festival,” says event leader Anne Macpherson. “Our goal is to entice young people to discover their heritage by speaking their language. Celtic rock and fusion is not only growing, but it’s becoming crossover music, bringing in the next generation. This festival is the cutting edge of Celtic fusion in the Northeast.” Headlining the event this year are Enter the Haggis, Quagmyre, The Barley Boys, traditional singers Charlie Zahm and Susan Hamlin, and musical/oral historians The Storycrafters. And making their North American debut is Claymore, the top Celtic fusion band from Australia, which blends traditional Celtic music with salsa, aboriginal, and classical elements. “The lead piper is called the Flying Piper of Melbourne,” says Macpherson. “He’s a champion piper and he flies into the audience on occasion.” Also on the music roster is an event called Piping Outside the Box, a rigid piping competition which heretofore has only taken place in Brittany. Three top piping bands from the Northeast will compose a 30minute piece using not only pipes and drums, but cellos, French horns, or whatever instruments they choose to create a brand new sound. Enter the Haggis will judge the event. If that’s not enough music for you, overly coordinated puppeteer Larry Meyerhoff will play the hammered dulcimer and operate Widget the Unicorn at the same time, and there will also be strolling musicians, Morris dancers, and massed pipe bands. Speaking of haggis, you can enjoy some guts with other classic Celtic fare, such as fish and chips, meat pies, shortbread, and barbecue. And there will be plenty of beer to help you get nice and bloostered, which could make the non-musical events doubly fun—duck herding, a best-dressed Celtic canine contest, military reenactments, knights in shining armor, and, of course, the Scottish heavy-weight athletics and bonny knees contest. For those who love to shop, dozens of vendors will be scattered across the grounds, and there will be plenty of entertainment for kids, including a Celtic castle and highland cattle and Clydesdales. This year, the Australian magazine Scot will present the prize for best overall costume. “Most people come in native dress,” says Macpherson. “There will be lots of guys in skirts.” Considering that 15,000 visitors are expected, that’s a lot of knee watching. —Sharon Nichols CELEBRATION OF CELTS WILL BE HELD AT THE COLUMBIA COUNTY FAIR GROUNDS IN CHATHAM ON SATURDAY, MAY 7. GATES OPEN AT 9AM. TICKETS ARE $12/$10/$40. (518) 851-9670; WWW.CELEBRATIONOFCELTS.COM.


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Project Mercury 9-11pm. Original, acoustic, rock, & modern folk. The Hickory BBQ & Smokehouse, Kingston. 338-2424. Thunder Ridge 10pm. Country, rock. The Inn at Leeds, Leeds. (518) 943-6451. THE OUTDOORS Strenuous 6-Mile Hike in Greene County Indianhead Wilderness Area Call for meeting place and time. 339-7170. Strenuous 9-Mile Hike at Mohonk-Minnewaska Call for meeting place and time. 462-0142. Mud Pond Hike 9am. Moderate 12 mile hike. Minnewaska State Park, New Paltz. 255-2011.

WORKSHOPS Write Saturday 8:30am-4pm. With Wallkill Valley Writers. New Paltz. 255-7090. Floral & Still Life in Pastel 9am-4pm. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388. Landscape Painting in Oil 9am-4pm. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388. Woodstock Tango 3pm. Junior Cervila, Argentinean tango. Mountain View Studio, Woodstock. 246-1122. $25/$45.

The Pond is Alive! 10am. Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-5506, ext 204. $7/$3.

Milonga Traspie with Omar Vega 4:45-6:15pm. Presented by Woodstock Tango. Mountain View Studio, Woodstock. 246-1122. $25/$40.

Singles Hike – Giants Workshop 10:30am-2pm. Moderate 6 mile hike. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919. SPOKEN WORD Understanding the Language of Soul: Afternoon of ECK 1-4pm. Poughkeepsie Marriott Courtyard, Poughkeepsie. (800) 749-7791. George Nicholson and Kazim Ali 2pm. Woodstock Poetry Society Meeting. Woodstock Town Hall, Woodstock. Reading of Book Doctor by Esther Cohen 2pm. Comedy about relationships, writer’s block, and enduring creative spirit. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438. William P. Mc Dermott 4pm. From his book Duchess County’s Plain Folk. Merritt Bookstore, Red Hook. 758-2665. Afternoon and Evening Poetry Readings 4-8:30pm. Selections from Walt Whitman. The Guthrie Center, Housatonic, MA. (413) 528-1955. Anna Cheek 8pm. Pianist. Uncommon Grounds Coffeehouse, Wurtsboro. 888-2121. THEATRE An Evening with Walt Whitman Call for times. Presented by the Mohonk Mountain Stage Company. St. Andrews Church, New Paltz. 255-3102. Living Threads 3 7pm. What is Education Anyway? Cocoon Theatre, Rhinebeck. 876-6470. $10.

A.L.I.C.E. in Wonderland 8pm. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448. $10/$7.50 members/$5 children. Go West, Old Man 8pm. Pair of one-act Stephen Crane plays. Sunnyside Theater, New Paltz. 255-9081. Cabaret 8pm. County Players Falls Theatre, Wappingers Falls. 298-1491. Escape From Happiness 8pm. A play by George F. Walker. Oddfellows Theatre, Olivebridge. 657-9760. Man of La Mancha 8pm. Presented by The Public Arts Resource Center and The Two of Us Productions. First United Methodist Church, Pittsfield, MA. (413) 443-0129. $15/$12 seniors and students. Murder in Magnolias 8pm. Whodunit spoof of Southern


Raised in Captivity 8pm. Comedy about personal relationships and self-discovery. Van Cortlandtville School Theatre, Mohegan Lake. (914) 528 4145. $15/$10 seniors and students.

Geology of the Shawangunks, Part II 9am-2pm. With moderate 5-mile hike. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919.

Machinal 7pm. Written by Sophie Treadwell. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7900.

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dramas. Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, Poughkeepsie. 486-4571.

SUNDAY 15 MAY ART Landscapes on Location Paint-In 9:30am-1pm. Plein-air painting w/ Shawn Dell Joyce. Hill-Hold Museum, Montgomery. 778-4001. BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Meditation, Vedanta Study Group 10:30am. Vivekananda Retreat at Ridgely Manor, Stone Ridge. 687-4574. DANCE Swing Dance Jam 6:30-9pm. Lesson at 6pm. White Eagle Hall, Kingston. 339-3032. $5. EVENTS Duck Derby Call for time. Fundraiser presented by the Winslow Therapeutic Center. Waywayanda Creek, Warwick. 986-6686. Rosendale Car Show 8am-12pm. Benefit for the Town of Rosendale Youth Program. Rosendale Recreation Center, Rosendale. 658-8982. Caravan Kids Brunch 11am-1pm. Harvest Café, New Paltz. 256-9300. Trustees Reception and Silent Auction 4-6:30pm. Music, fellowship, wine and hors d’oeuvres while casting a silent bid. Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-5506, ext 204. Dutch Dinner Presented By The Hurley Heritage Society 5:30pm. Featuring Dutch recipes. Twin Lakes Resort, Hurley. 331-0593. $35. Rock Around the Clock 6-11pm. Music, food, dancing, rides. Main Street, Village of Fishkill. 896-4100. FILM Benefit Screenings of “Off the Map” 3pm/5pm. Benefits the Tom Heyman Memorial Summer Arts Club for Kids. Tinker Street Cinema, Woodstock. 679-9868. $10. MUSIC Hudson Valley Philharmonic String Quartet 3pm. Church of the Holy Cross, Kingston. 687-8890. $15/$12 seniors/ $5 students. Karen Savoca 3pm. Friends of Music, Middletown. 343-3049. $22/$20 members. Unplugged Acoustic Open Mike 3:30pm. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. Clancy Newman, Cello 4pm. Mendelssohn, Prokoviev, Newman, Beethoven and Chopin. Howland Cultural Center, Beacon. 297-9243. $25/$12. Howland Chamber Music Series 4pm. Clancy Newman. Howland

Cultural Center, Beacon. 297-9243. $25/$12 students.

Joe Anello Trio 7-10pm. Jazz. Uncommon Grounds Coffeehouse, Wurtsboro. 888-2121. Matty Pop Chart with Pharmacy 7:30pm. Folk, rock. 3rd Floor Underground, Kingston. 331-4580. THE OUTDOORS Laurel Run for Disability Awareness 8:30am. Races and walks. Freedom Park, Lagrangeville. 635-8084 ext. 126. $20/$15 in advance. 16th Annual Shad Festival 12-5pm. Boscobel Restoration, Garrison. 424-4149 ext. 243. $65/$75 at door, $25 children. SPOKEN WORD David Rothenberg 2pm. From his book Why Birds Sing: A Journey’s Into the Mystery of Bird Song. Merritt Bookstore, Cold Spring. 265-9100. Reading by Jonathan Baumbach and Jessica Treat 2pm. On the Way to My Father’s Funeral and A Robber in the House. Oblong Books, Rhinebeck. 876-0500. THEATRE A.L.I.C.E. in Wonderland 2pm. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448. $10/$7.50 members/$5 children. Murder in Magnolias 3pm. Whodunit spoof of Southern dramas. Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, Poughkeepsie. 486-4571. Man of La Mancha 7pm. Presented by The Public Arts Resource Center and The Two of Us Productions. First United Methodist Church, Pittsfield, MA. (413) 443-0129. $15/$12 seniors and students. Go West, Old Man 8pm. Pair of one-act Stephen Crane plays. Sunnyside Theater, New Paltz. 255-9081. MONDAY 16 MAY BODY / MIND / SPIRIT House That Bears Your Name: Trauma Self-Healing Group 6:30-8pm. Acorn Hill Healing Arts, Olivebridge. 657-2516. $45. Kirtan Spiritual Singing 7:30pm. Vivekananda Retreat at Ridgely Manor, Stone Ridge. 687-4574. CLASSES Swing Dance Class by Chester Freeman Beginner 6:30, Intermediate 7:30, Advanced 8:30. Reformed Church of the Comforter, Kingston. 236-3939. EVENTS Tranny Roadshow 7:30pm. Variety show—film, spoken word, music, dance. 3rd Floor Underground, Kingston. 331-4580.

WORKSHOPS Natural Bath and Body Care 7-8:30pm. Sustainable Living Resource Center, Cottekill. 255-8731. $24. TUESDAY 17 MAY CLASSES Hudsonia’s Biodiversity Assessment Short Course 8am-5pm. Millbrook. 758-0600. KIDS Dutchess Arts Camp 3-6pm. Dutchess Day School, Millbrook. 471-7477. THE OUTDOORS Early Birds 6:30am. Bird watching. Minnewaska State Park, New Paltz. 255-2011. Babes in the Woods Hike 10am. Hike for grownups with babies. Minnewaska State Park, New Paltz. 255-2011. THEATRE Machinal 2pm. Written by Sophie Treadwell. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7900. WEDNESDAY 18 MAY CLASSES Wine With Food 7:30pm. The New Paltz Wine School, New Paltz. 255-0110. MUSIC DownTown Ensemble 8pm. Contemporary works. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438. $12/$10. Dave Ellison and Gian Starr 10pm. Acoustic, alternative, folk, original, reggae, rock. Bacchus, New Paltz. 255-8636. SPOKEN WORD An Evening With Steve Lewis 7-9pm. Meeting of the Hudson Valley Publishing Network. Backstage Studio Productions, Kingston. 338-8700.

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Poets Kateri and Raphaelle Kosek 7:30pm. Followed by open mike. World’s End Books and Music, Beacon. 831-1760. THEATRE Ten Things You Need to Know to Survive Shakespeare 10am. By The Young Will Traveling Troupe, for grades 6 and up. The Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080 ext. 13. $8 per student. THURSDAY 19 MAY

Acoustic Open Mike 7:30-11pm. Hosted by B Seth B. Cantina Grille, Rhinebeck. 876-6816.

THE OUTDOORS Hike for Tykes 2pm. Exploration at a toddler’s pace, up to 6 years. Minnewaska State Park, New Paltz. 255-2011.

THEATRE Machinal 7pm. Written by Sophie Treadwell. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7900.

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MUSIC Vocal recital 7pm. Directed by Joan Fuerstman. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. 758-7250.

SPOKEN WORD Poetry Open Night 8pm. Featuring Fred Poole, Marta Szabo, and the Authentic Writing Group. Colony Café, Woodstock. 679-5342. $3.

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CLASSES Nourishing Foods For Women’s Health Call for times. Ulster BOCES, Port Ewen. 331-0902.

Studio Stu 10pm. Blues, experimental, fusion, jazz. Bacchus, New Paltz. 255-8636.

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Hudson. (518) 822-8448. $10/$7.50 members/$5 children.

FRIDAY 20 MAY ART MFA Graduate Exhibition II 6-8pm. Opening reception. Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz. 257-3844. Spirit Essence Portraits & Signing Call for time. W/Melissa Harris. The Dreaming Goddess, Pok. 473-2206. BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Spring Fasting & Cleansing Retreat Call for times. Point of Infinity, Nyack. 353-2590. CLASSES Modern Dance Intermediate Class 5-6:30pm. For mature, motivated dancers in a noncompetitive atmosphere. SUNY New Paltz Elting Gym, New Paltz. 943-6700. $14. EVENTS Hudson Valley Arts Festival Call for times. Kiwanis Ice Arena, Saugerties. 246-9038. $7/$3.50 children. KIDS Rapunzel 11am. Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck. 876-3080.

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MUSIC Monade With The Zincs 8pm. Blu Lounge, Hudson. (518) 828 4738. SPOKEN WORD Cameo Lake Music Productions Presents Mamapalooza 7-11pm. Uncommon Grounds Coffeehouse, Wurtsboro. 888-2121. THEATRE Mrs. Farnsworth Call for times. Presented by the Mohonk Mountain Stage Company. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-3102. A.L.I.C.E. in Wonderland 8pm. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448. $10/$7.50 members/$5 children. Cabaret 8pm. County Players Falls Theatre, Wappingers Falls. 298-1491. Man of La Mancha 8pm. Presented by The Public Arts Resource Center and The Two of Us Productions. First United Methodist Church, Pittsfield, MA. (413) 443-0129. $15/$12 seniors and students. Murder in Magnolias 8pm. Whodunit spoof of Southern dramas. Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, Poughkeepsie. 486-4571. WORKSHOPS The Personal Revolution Call for times. With yoga master Baron Baptiste. Omega Institute, Rhinebeck. (800) 944-1001. $295 plus accommodations. Seeing Color & Light 9am-4pm. Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock. 679-2388. SATURDAY 21 MAY ART Contemporary Art 12-8pm. An eclectic array of “contemporary” art - past and present. Eric Jarmann Gallery, Newburgh. 561-7960. Open Studios 2005 12-4pm. Meet artists in their studios, exhibitions in 6 galleries and a special exhibit of Peekskill area artists. Downtown Peekskill. (914) 734 2367.

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Extreme Color: Stressed Plastics & Polarized Light 3-5pm. Cameraless photographs that are made with optics. Irvington Library, Irvington-on-Hudson. (914) 591-7840. Rebecca Zilinski 5-8pm. Opening reception. Stray Dogs Gallery, Pok. 473-2076.

BODY/MIND/SPIRIT Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan Intro Workshop 1-2:30pm. W/Tony Widoff. Sadhana Ctr., Hudson. (518) 828-1034. CLASSES Piano Songbook Concert & Master Class: George Lopez 10am-12pm. Spencertown Academy, Spencertown. (518) 392-3693. Weed/Garden Walk 10am-1pm. Plant identification. Monarda Herbal Apothecary, Phoenicia. 688-2122. Tree Medicine 2-5pm. Monarda Herbal Apothecary, Phoenicia. 688-2122. DANCE Young Dancers at a Gathering 2pm/6pm. Dutchess Ballet Company and Ballet Arts Studio. Bardavon, Poughkeepsie. 473-2072. $15. Freestyle Frolic 8:30pm-2am. Outdoor dancing to DJs. Tillson. 658-8319. Contradance 8pm. Featuring The Walker family. Arlington Reformed Church, Poughkeepsie. 473-7050. $8/$4 students. EVENTS Benefit Fashion Show 6/7. For the New Milford Hospital-NY Presbyterian Regional Cancer Center. Terston Home Accents and Womenswear, Kent, CT. (860) 927-1255. $20. Launch Party and Open House Call for times. Steve Morris Designs Studio and Showroom, Port Ewen. 339-0144. Antique Machine, Truck and Motorcycle Show 9am-4pm. Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck. 266-5212. Wildflower Festival 10am-3:30pm. Catskill Native Nursery, Kerhonkson. 626-2758. Spring Reading, Open House and Barbeque 5pm. Presented by the Ledig House International Writers’ Residency. Art Omi International Arts Center, Ghent. (518) 392-4568 ext. 100. An Evening With Paul Sorvino 6pm. Culinary demonstration, cocktail reception, auction, dinner and dancing with Silk and Sounds. Call for location. (212) 957-9155. $125/$150. KIDS Wild Life with Rusty Johnson 11/2. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. $7/$9. Green is Good! 10am. Learn all about the amazing world of plants. Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-5506, ext 204. MUSIC Piano Songbook Concert & Master Class: George Lopez Call for time. Spencertown Academy, Spencertown. (518) 392-3693. Thunder Ridge 1pm. Country, Rock. Shad Festival at Catskill Point. (518) 943-6451. An Evening with Paul Sovino 6pm. Big band, country, folk, opera, swing. The Wallace Center, Hyde Park. (212) 957-9155. The Return of The Three Kings 6-11pm. Acoustic. Bacchus, New Paltz. 255-8636. Woodstock Quantum Ensemble 7-8:30pm. Fusion, jazz, world. Colony Café, Woodstock. 679-5342. Benefit Concert for the Rosendale Street Festival 7-11pm. Featuring Bad Influence, Five Points Band, and Pitchfork Militia. Rosendale Community Center, Rosendale. 658-7340. $10.

DownTown Ensemble Concert 8pm. Contemporary works featuring Jackson Mac Low & Philip Corner. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438. $12. Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra 8pm. Steven Luck, Trumpet & Joel Evans, Oboe. Newburgh Free Academy Auditorium, Newburgh. 562-1800. Bill and Livia Vanaver 9pm. Rosendale Café, Rosendale. 658-9048. $10. THE OUTDOORS Wildflowers of the Spring Forest 9am-12pm. With Craig Holdrege. Meet at The Nature Institute, Harlemville. (518) 672-0116. $15/$30 family/$10. Hike for Tykes 10am. Exploration at a toddlers pace, up to 6 years. Minnewaska State Park, New Paltz. 255-2011. Singles Hike: Duck Pond 10am-3pm. Moderate 6 mile hike. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919. 4th Annual MHADK PaddleFest 12-4:15pm. DCC Environmental Center. 297-5126. Spring Wildflower Walk 2-5pm. Moderate 4-mile hike. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919. SPOKEN WORD Reading Jewels of Moments in Education 2pm. By Dr. Alan Sugarman. Hudson Opera House, Hudson. (518) 822-1438. David Rothenberg 4pm. From his book Why Birds Sing: A Journey’s Into the Mystery of Bird Song. Merritt Bookstore, Millbrook. 677-5857. Martha Frankel 7pm. Ariel Bookstore, New Paltz. 255-8041. THEATRE Mrs. Farnsworth Call for times. Presented by the Mohonk Mountain Stage Company. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-3102. Chanticleer Finale 7pm. By Connecticut Opera’s Opera Express. Music Mountain, Falls Village, CT. (860) 824-5961. The Billy Goats Gruff Finale 7pm. By Connecticut Opera’s Opera Express. Music Mountain, Falls Village, CT. (860) 824-5961. Go West, Old Man 8pm. Pair of one-act Stephen Crane plays. Sunnyside Theater, New Paltz. 255-9081. A.L.I.C.E. in Wonderland 8pm. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448. $10/$7.50 members/$5 children. Cabaret 8pm. County Players Falls Theatre, Wappingers Falls. 298-1491. Man of La Mancha 8pm. Presented by The Public Arts Resource Center and The Two of Us Productions. First United Methodist Church, Pittsfield, MA. (413) 443-0129. $15/$12 seniors and students. Murder in Magnolias 8pm. Whodunit spoof of Southern dramas. Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, Poughkeepsie. 486-4571. Play It Back, Sam 8pm. Hudson River Playback Theatre. Woodstock Artists’ Association, Woodstock. 255-7716. $10/$8. WORKSHOPS Circle of Affirmation 9-11am. Mandala Labryinth Project. SoulPaths Spirituality and Healing Institute, Barrytown. 417-1345. $20/$25. 6-Month Herbal Intensive Workshop 10am-4pm. Herbal Expert and Author Dina Falconi. Lyonsville. 687-8938. $475.

The Power of Prayer and Intent 1-4pm. SoulPaths Spirituality and Healing Institute, Barrytown. 417-1345. $20. SUNDAY 22 MAY ART Vineyard, Valleys and Views 1-4pm. Works by Martinez, Richichi, Zukowski. Whitecliff Vineyard Gallery, Gardiner. 255-4613. Figure It Out 4-6pm. Sculpture and video. Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill. (914) 788-7166. First Look 4-6pm. Work by 15 young artists from the country’s top MFA programs. Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill. (914) 788-7166. BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Sacred Relationships & the Magdalen Teachings 2-4pm. Mirabai, Woodstock. 679-2100. $15/$20. CLASSES The Vegetarian Gourmet 4-7pm. Whole Foods Whole People, Salt Point. 266-4282. DANCE Traditional Dances and Songs of Georgia 2pm. Performed by the Dancing Crane Georgian Dance Theater. Helen Hayes Theatre, Nyack. 358-2847. $18/$14 children. EVENTS Annual Wildflower Sale 11am-3pm. Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-5506, ext 204.

Murder in Magnolias 3pm. Whodunit spoof of Southern dramas. Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, Poughkeepsie. 486-4571. Man of La Mancha 7pm. Presented by The Public Arts Resource Center and The Two of Us Productions. First United Methodist Church, Pittsfield, MA. (413) 443-0129. $15/$12 seniors and students. Go West, Old Man 8pm. Pair of one-act Stephen Crane plays. Sunnyside Theater, New Paltz. 255-9081.

ART West Coast Swing Dance Level 1 7-8pm. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559. West Coast Swing Dance Level 2 8:15-9:15pm. Unison Arts and Learning Center, New Paltz. 255-1559.

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SPOKEN WORD “Actors and Writers” performing from My Home Is Far Away 7pm. Barnes and Noble, Kingston. 336-0590. Poetry Open Night 8pm. Featuring Steve Dalachinsky and George Wallace. Colony Café, Woodstock. 679-5342. $3. WORKSHOPS Five Day Solar Installation Training 8am-5pm. Rosendale Recreation Center, Rosendale. 687-9253. Fibromayalgia 1-2:30pm. Hyde Park Library, Hyde Park. 229-7791. TUESDAY 24 MAY

THE OUTDOORS Easy Paddle on the Bashakill 10am. Call for meeting place. 486-9215.

THE OUTDOORS Early Birds 6:30am. Bird watching. Minnewaska State Park, New Paltz. 255-2011.

Van Leuven Cabin Hike 10am-12pm. Easy 2 mile hike. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919.

Babes in the Woods Hike 10am. Hike for grownups with babies. Minnewaska State Park, New Paltz. 255-2011.

Cabaret 2pm. County Players Falls Theatre, Wappingers Falls. 298-1491.

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CLASSES Swing Dance Class by Chester Freeman Beginner 6:30, Intermediate 7:30, Advanced 8:30. Reformed Church of the Comforter, Kingston. 236-3939.

Woodstock Indian Culture Weekend 4pm. Featuring Baird Hersey and Prana. Mountain View Studio, Woodstock. 679-0901.

THEATRE A.L.I.C.E. in Wonderland 2pm. Time and Space Limited, Hudson. (518) 822-8448. $10/$7.50 members/$5 children.

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BODY / MIND / SPIRIT House That Bears Your Name: Trauma Self-Healing Group 6:30-8pm. Acorn Hill Healing Arts, Olivebridge. 657-2516. $45.

MUSIC Community Shape Note Sing 7pm. Songs from The Sacred Harp. Holy Cross Church, Kingston. 658-3485.

Singles Hike – Shaupeneak Ridge 10am-3pm. Moderate 7-mile hike. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919.

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Eighth Annual Uel Wade Scholarship Concert 2pm. Spencertown Academy, Spencertown. (518) 392-3693.



FILM About Baghdad 3-5pm. Exiled Iraqi writer who returns to Baghdad. Willow Creek Inn, Stoneridge. 687-7116.

Benefit Concert 2:30pm. For Suac School, Guinea Bissau. Church of the Messiah, Rhbk. $10.



MUSIC Acoustic Open Mike 7:30-11pm. Hosted by B Seth B. Cantina Grille, Rhinebeck. 876-6816.

Vickie Russell 1:30-2:30pm. Acoustic, folk, original, pop, vocals. Adriance Memorial Library, Poughkeepsie. 485-3445.


WORKSHOPS Psyche’s Wisdom 10am-5pm. Workshop on the developing the feminine soul, from victim to empowerment. New Paltz. 256-0160. $80.

Common Ground Farm Open House 2-4pm. Learn about the Community Supported Agriculture Project, farm tours, refreshments. Common Ground Farm, Beacon. 265-4265.

MUSIC Richie Havens 3pm/6:30pm. Friends of Music, Middletown. 343-3049. $35/$30 members.


WORKSHOPS Woodstock Writers Workshops 6:30-8:30pm. Writing and how to get it published with Iris Litt. Village Green, Woodstock. 679-8256. $15. Looking for Love in all the Right Places 7-9pm. How to Manifest a Mate. Synchronicity, Pawling. 855-1172. $20.


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BODY / MIND / SPIRIT LGBT Guided Relaxation & Meditation 7-8:30pm. Acorn Hill Healing Arts, Olivebridge. 657-2516. $10. EVENTS Taconic District PTA Showcase 8:30am-2:30pm. Arts in Education. Dutchess County Community College, Poughkeepsie. 486-4495. $30 a person, $40 group of five. MUSIC Tom Roz 10pm. Pop, rock, acoustic. Bacchus, New Paltz. 255-8636. SPOKEN WORD Barbara Unger 7:30pm. Poetry, spoken word. The New York Bagelry and Café, Poughkeepsie. 463-3370. Mid-Hudson Sierra & Mensa Speaker Social 7:30pm. How to design and build your own hot water solar system. New Paltz Village Hall, New Paltz. 255-5528. WORKSHOPS Theater Co-op Workshop 6:30pm. Works by the Theater Co-Op playwrights presented by workshop actors. SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge. 687-5262. THURSDAY 26 MAY THE OUTDOORS Hike for Tykes 2pm. Exploration at a toddlers pace, up to 6 years. Minnewaska State Park, New Paltz. 255-2011. WORKSHOPS Astrological Shapeshifting & Co-Creation 7-9pm. Mirabai, Woodstock. 679-2100. $15/$20. FRIDAY 27 MAY

Grand Opening Contemporary Art 5-8pm. Installation, sculpture, painting, and other media. Maestro Gallery, Woodstock. 679-6199. Woodstock Paint Out 6pm. A Plein Air Painting Event. WAA Gallery and Museum, Woodstock. 687-0407. BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Vedanta Retreat 10am-5pm. Vivekananda Retreat at Ridgely Manor, Stone Ridge. 687-4574. Reiki Level One Certification 10am-5pm. W/Rev. Kevin Kraft. Spirittus, Kingston. 338-8313. Medicine Buddha Initiation 2pm. With His Eminence Luding Khen Rinpoche. Palden Sakya Center Medicine Buddha, Woodstock. 679-4024. $20. CLASSES Reiki I Class 12-4pm. Hurley. 340-0220. $50. EVENTS I’m Now in Rebeldom: New Paltz Soldiers in the Civil War Call for times. Hosted by the Huguenot Historical Society. New Paltz. 255-1660. Northeast Vibrant Living Festival Call for times. Emerson Inn and Spa, Mount Tremper. (413) 253-2110. Rhinebeck Antiques Fair Sat 10-5, Sun 11-4. Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck. 876-4001. Stormville Airport Antique Show and Flea Market Dawn to dusk. Stormville Airport. 221-6561.

DANCE Swing Dance to Patti-O and the Hip Hooligans 8:30pm. Lesson at 7:30. Poughkeepsie Tennis Club, Poughkeepsie. 454-2571. $10.

Woodstock-New Paltz Crafts Fair 10am-6pm. Over 300 juried craftspersons and artists. Ulster Co. Fairgrounds, New Paltz. 679-8087.

EVENTS USO Show 7pm. Comedy, music, dancing. FDR Library, Hyde Park. (800) 337-8474. MUSIC Culture Call for time. Reggae. The Chance, Poughkeepsie. 471-1966.

Studio Stu 7:30-10:30pm. Many musical genres. Maia Restaurant & Lounge, Poughkeepsie. 734-5004. Christopheren Nomura with David Alpher 8pm. Opening night of Marbletown Chamber Arts Fest. Marbletown Reformed Church, Stone Ridge. 687-2687. Prez 8pm. Uncommon Grounds Coffeehouse, Wurtsboro. 888-2121. The Chanteuse Club 9pm. Rosendale Café, Rosendale. 658-9048. Soñando 10pm. With performer Ruben Quintero. El Coqui, Kingston. 340-1106. WORKSHOPS Living Shakti: A Transformational Yoga Retreat for Women Call for times. The Omega Institute, Rhinebeck. (800) 944-1001. $325.


Cultural Evening 4-7pm. Artist talk, new music and poetry, slide show, tours, new name unfurling. Kleinert / James Gallery, Woodstock. 657-9714.

ART Spring Member Show 7-9pm. Garrison Art Center, Garrison. 424-3960.

Mills Mansion Spring Gala “A Night of Mirth and Marriment” 7pm. Featuring Mark Raisch. Mills Mansion, Staatsburg. 471-9548.

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SATURDAY 28 MAY ART Fine Art Auction Call for times. Woodstock Day School, Saugerties. 246-3744 ext. 106.

High Meadow Art Auction 6:30-9:30pm. Featuring local artists. Marbletown Community Center, Stone Ridge. 687-9447. $10. KIDS Green is Good! 10am. Learn all about the amazing world of plants. Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 534-5506, ext 204. MUSIC Edith, Edna, and Emily 6pm. Ozawa Hall, Lenox, MA. (800) 843-0778. Vickie Russell and James Krueger 6-8:15pm. Acoustic, folk, original, pop, solo, vocals. Catskill Center Gallery, Arkville. 586-2611. Meininger Trio 8pm. Flute, cello, piano. Marbletown Reformed Church, Stone Ridge. 687-2687. Cabaret Voltron 9pm. Electro party. The Sweetwater Café, Kingston. 339-7800. Jawbone 9pm. New Americana. Rosendale Café, Rosendale. 658-9048. $15. Four Dogs Playing Poker 10pm. Heavy metal, pop, rock. Chuck and Gerry’s, Fishkill. 298-8280. THE OUTDOORS Winter Bird Walks 9am. Clermont State Historic Site, Germantown. (518) 537-4240. $2.

SPOKEN WORD Russell Shorto 3pm. Acclaimed author speaks on 17th century Dutch art. Loeb Art Center, Vassar College. 437-5632. THEATRE Cabaret 8pm. County Players Falls Theatre, Wappingers Falls. 298-1491. Mondo Monologue 8pm. Raw, risible, and romantic solo pieces by Actors & Writers members. Oddfellows Theatre, Olivbridge. 657-9760. Portraits 8pm. Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, Poughkeepsie. 486-4571. WORKSHOPS Secrets of Dog Whispering 2-5pm. Mirabai, Woodstock. 679-2100. $15/$20. The Tenets and Practices of Buddhism 3:30pm. By the Venerable Lama Pema Wangdak. Buddhist Center, Philmont. (518) 672-5216. SUNDAY 29 MAY BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Naked Sundays 7:30-9:30am. Early morning movement & meditation. Acorn Hill Healing Arts, Olivebridge. 657-2516. $5. Amma Sri Karunamayi 6:30pm. Spiritual discourse & blessings. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. (212) 714-5362. EVENTS Woodstock-New Paltz Crafts Fair 10am-6pm. Over 300 juried craftspersons and artists. Ulster Co. Fairgrounds, New Paltz. 679-8087. MUSIC “Little” Bobby Barton & Paige Sessa 12pm. Bob Dylan covers. Warwick Valley Winery, Warwick. 258-4858. Thunder Ridge 1pm. Country, rock. Gisiano’s Restaurant, Glasco. 246-3035. Jay Unger and Molly Mason 4pm. Marbletown Reformed Church, Stone Ridge. 687-2687.

THE OUTDOORS Guided Tour of Main Street 2pm. David Baker, Hurley town historian. Main Street, Hurley. 331-0593.

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Singles Hike – Peters Kill 9:30am-4:30pm. Strenuous 10 mile hike with rock scrambling. Mohonk Preserve, New Paltz. 255-0919.

MONDAY 30 MAY BODY / MIND / SPIRIT Amma Sri Karunamayi 9am-12pm. Individual Blessings. Bearsville Theater, Woodstock. (212) 714-5362. House That Bears Your Name: Trauma Self-Healing Group 6:30-8pm. Acorn Hill Healing Arts, Olivebridge. 657-2516. $45. EVENTS Woodstock-New Paltz Crafts Fair 10am-4pm. Over 300 juried craftspersons and artists. Ulster Co. Fairgrounds, New Paltz. 679-8087. Memorial Day Parade 10am. Memorial service to follow. Village, Hyde Park. 229-8086. Memorial Day Service 11am. Fountain Square, Amenia. 373-9550. MUSIC Acoustic Open Mike 7:30-11pm. Hosted by B Seth B. Cantina Grille, Rhinebeck. 876-6816. Bill Davis Band 10pm. Pop, rock, acoustic. Bacchus, New Paltz. 255-8636. SPOKEN WORD Poetry Open Night 8pm. Featuring The Glaring Omissions. Colony Café, Woodstock. 679-5342. $3. TUESDAY 31 MAY THE OUTDOORS Early Birds 6:30am. Bird watching. Minnewaska State Park, New Paltz. 255-2011. Babes in the Woods Hike 10am. Hike for grownups with babies. Minnewaska State Park, New Paltz. 255-2011. SPOKEN WORD Actors and Writers performing from My Home Is Far Away 7pm. Stone Ridge Community Center, Stone Ridge. 687-8726. WORKSHOPS Clearing the Immune System with Vibrational Medicine 7-9pm. Mirabai, Woodstock. 679-2100. $15/$20.

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Business Directory ACCOUNTING Dennis Abbott Certified Public Accountant

An alternative CPA firm for those who prefer the personal attention so rarely found these days. Taking care of the tax and accounting needs of individuals, LLCs, partnerships, and small business corporations for over 30 years. The office is located in New Paltz. (845) 255-3482. ACTING Sande Shurin Acting Classes

Revolutionary new acting technique for Film/Stage/TV. The book: Transformational Acting...A Step Beyond, Limelight Editions. The technique: Transform into character using current emotions. No recall. No forward imagining. Shurin private coaches many celebrities. The classes: Thursday eves at 7pm, Woodstock. Master classes at the Times Square Sande Shurin Theatre. (917) 545-5713 or (212) 262-6848. ANTIQUE RESTORATION Antique Clock Repair and Restoration

Specializing in Grandfather clocks, Tubular chime clocks, European, Atmos and Carriage Clocks, Antique Music boxes. Pickup and delivery. House calls available. Free estimates. One year warranty. References available. For appointment call Ian D.Pomfret at (845) 687-9885 or email G. Leibovitz, Antiques

GLR specializes in the expert care and restoration of fine, period antiques using traditional methods and materials. Repairs are performed with an emphasis on the preservation and conservation of the original object. Services offered include hand-rubbed shellac finishing, repairs to marquetry and inlay, water gilding, carving, and structural repairs. 269[RZ1] Route 7A, Copake, NY 12516. (518) 329-1933. ARCHITECTURE DiGuiseppe Architecture

Inspired, Sensitive, and Luxurious…these are the words that de-

scribe the quintessential design work that is DiGuiseppe. The firm, with Design Studios in Accord, New York City, and Boca Raton, provides personalized Architecture and Interiors for each and every client. Whether the project is a Sensitive Historic Renovation, a Hudson Valley Inspired Home or Luxurious Interiors, each project receives the attention of the firm’s principal, Anthony J. DiGuiseppe, AIA RIBA, an internationally published architect and award-winning furniture designer. Accord (845) 687-8989, New York City (212) 439-9611 diarcht@msn. com, ART CENTERS The Living Seed

The Living Seed Yoga Center offers Sivananda Yoga classes 7 days a week. All levels and ages welcome. Morning meditations are free. Yoga Day 2nd & 4th Sundays. Sauna. Art Gallery. Dance. Drum. Workshops. And so much more. Serve, Love, Give, Purify, Meditate, Realize Sivananda. 521 Main St. (Route 299) New Paltz (845)255-8212. ART CLASSES Ceramic Classes

Develop your creativity and learn the art of clay in a small Saturday class for adults with any experience level. Classes are taught by Doris Licht in a large, working pottery studio with gas kiln. Learn handbuilding, wheelthrowing, decorating, glazing, and kiln firing. Visit the showroom by appointment. Phone: 845-679-5620. ART GALLERIES Art Forms

Specializing in later 20th & early 21st Century American Fine Art, Photography, Furniture, Lighting, Ceramics, Glass, and Jewelry. Featuring emerging artists, as well as American Masters. Artists on view: George Tice, Lichtenstein, Wesselman, Dine, Sica, Scheele, Richichi, Hirsch, Thomas Mann, Caldwell, Corbett, Horowitz, Yale Epstein. Hours: Friday-Monday 12-5pm. (845) 679-1100.

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A wide variety of art using highend digital printmaking. Large format on heavy papers and canvas using archival ink. Printing done on premises. Bi-monthly shows. 176 Main Street, Beacon, NY. (845) 838-3700. Van Brunt Gallery

Exhibiting the work of contemporary artists. Featuring abstract painting, sculpture, digital art, photography, and video, the gallery has new shows each month. The innovative gallery Web site,, has online artist portfolios and videos of the artists discussing their work. 460 Main Street, Beacon, NY 12508. (845) 838-2995.

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Varga is the artists co-operative representing outsider, lowbrow, pop, self-taught, and emerging artists. Artists share space in monthly exhibitions, and new artists are welcome to submit work. New exhibitions open every 2nd Saturday of the Month with a reception from 5 - 7PM. VARGA Gallery of Woodstock, 130 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY 12498, 845.679.4005, Open Thurs. - Sun. 12 - 5pm. ART SUPPLIES Catskill Art & Office Supply

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Choose Esotec to be your wholesale beverage provider. For 20 years we’ve carried a complete line of natural, organic, and unusual juices, spritzers, waters, sodas, iced teas, and iced coffees. If you are a store owner, call for details or a catalog of our full line. or (845) 246-0965.


The Golden Notebook

A feast for book lovers located in the heart of Woodstock, we are proud to be a part of Book Sense: Independent Bookstores for Independent Minds. In addition to our huge database, we can special order any book in or out of print. Our Children’s Store located right next door has an extensive selection of books and products exclusively for the under-14 set. We also carry the complete line of Woodstock Chimes. 25-29 Tinker Street, Woodstock. (845) 679-8000, fax (845) 679-3054. the

Leisure Time Spring Water ATTORNEYS Schneider, Pfahl & Rahmé, LLP

Manhattan law firm with offices in Woodstock, provides legal services to individuals, institutions, professional firms, companies, and family businesses. Specific areas include: Real Estate, Estate Planning, Corporate, New Media and Arts, and Entertainment Law. Each matter is attended to by a senior attorney who develops a comprehensive legal plan with the client. (845) 679-9868 or (212) 629-7744.www.schneider; www.nycrealestate AUTOMOTIVE Roberti Motor Cars

Specializing in previously owned SAABs. Over 150 pre-owned SAABs in stock at all times. Authorized SAAB service center. Large selection of new and used SAAB parts available. Prices range from $1,500 to $25,000. All cars warranteed bumper to bumper. (845) 339-SAAB. 385 Foxhall Avenue, Kingston, NY. BED & BREAKFASTS Sparrow Hawk Bed & Breakfast

A romantic getaway serving a full gourmet breakfast, 15 minutes from New Paltz and Kingston, nestled between the Shawangunk and Catskill Mountains. This registered brick Colonial farmhouse sits in a stand of 200-year-old black locust trees. Each morning Chef Howard, a graduate of the New York Restaurant School, delights guests with his culinary talents, served fireside or on the patio. Entire facility is air-conditioned. Antique-decorated rooms, some with fireplaces, will make your getaway complete. You only

Pure spring water from a natural artesian spring located in the Catskill Mountains. The spring delivers water at 42oF year-round. The water is filtered under high pressure through fine white sand. Hot and cold dispensers available. Weekly delivery. (845) 331-0504. BOOKSTORES Alternative Books

Fine used and out-of-print books, and new books from great local presses. Tens of thousands of handpicked beauties you won’t find at the mall. Art monographs, poetry, signed and first edition fiction, Americana and regional history. Hundreds of current magazine titles and unusual journals. We have the largest collection of French language books in the region. Children’s books, film, music, theatre, dance, spirituality, esoterics, classics, humanities, sciences, travel, home, garden, cookbooks. More. We travel from town to town searching through attics to fill our store just for you. We also buy books at the counter. Special orders, book searches, libraries purchased. 35 North Front Street in lovely uptown Kingston, at the head of Wall Street. Open 7 days 11-5, occasionally more. (845) 331-5439. Barner Books

Used books. From kitsch to culture, Thoreau to thrillers, serious and silly. We have the books you read. Monday - Saturday 10-7, Sunday 12-6. Located at 69 Main Street, New Paltz, NY. (845) 255-2635. E-mail:

Mirabai of Woodstock

The Hudson Valley’s oldest spiritual/holistic bookstore, providing a vast array of books, music, and gifts that transform, renew, and elevate the spirit. Exquisite statuary and other art works from Nepal, Tibet, Bali. Expert Tarot reading, astrological charts/interpretation available. 23 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock. (845) 679-2100. Oblong Books

Oblong Books & Music is a full service independent bookstore with two locations, one in the heart of Millerton since 1975, and the other in the center of Rhinebeck since 2001. A true general bookstore, Oblong stocks the best and most interesting books and music in all categories with author and music events throughout the year. Hours: Millerton—Monday-Thursday 9:30am-6pm, Friday-Saturday 9:30am7pm, Sunday 11am-5pm. (518) 789-3797. Rhinebeck— Monday-Thursday 10am-6pm, Friday-Sat. 10am-9pm, Sunday 11am-6pm. (845) 876-0500. BUSINESS SOLUTIONS Articulate Solutions: Organic, Inspired Marketing

Holistic, Creative, and Service Professionals: Don’t know where to start with your marketing? Coach with a seasoned, intuitive marketing expert to discover your unique niche. We’ll handle the rest while you enjoy your work and the abundance! Starter and custom Web packages, brochures, marketing plans, ads, and more. Call Kathleen Boyd at Articulate Solutions, (845) 255-5541. 5/05

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CARPETS / RUGS Anatolia Tribal Rugs & Weavings

Direct importers since 1981– Natural-dyed Afghan carpets; Balouchi tribal kilims; Russian sumaks; antique Caucasian carpets; silk Persian sumaks; Turkish kilims. Hundreds to choose from 2’x3’ to 9’x12’. Kilim pillows, $20-$55. We encourage customers to try our rugs in their homes without obligation. Open 6 days a week 12-6pm. Closed Tuesdays. MC/Visa/AmEx. 54G Tinker Street, Woodstock. (845) 679-5311. CHILDREN’S ART CLASSES The Children’s Art Workshop & Gallery

For ages 7+ (and adults). Classes offered: oils, watercolors, acrylic, pencil, clay, mixed media, perspective, color theory, and design, intro to decorative arts, graphic design, and illustration concepts without using the computer. Students also learn to curate and show art in the “Artists in Training” gallery. Hours: Mon.-Wed. 1-5pm, Sat.11am12:30pm. Call (845) 255-7990. CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS Deep Clay

Expressive Clay Groups ages 5 to 14. Parent-child lessons. High school student classes to develop portfolio. Michelle Rhodes, Deep Clay Studio. (845) 255-8039. CINEMA Upstate Films

Great International Cinema. Contemporary & Classic. 26 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck. (845) 876-2515. CLOTHING Haldora

Haldora, a family name from Iceland meaning Goddess of the Mountains. Haldora designs a lifestyle in women’s clothing and scarves—styles which are timeless, understated, and have a forgiving elegance. She designs and cuts her own line, then sends it to her seamstress where it is sewn locally in New York State. Her fabrics are mostly natural, including many kinds of silk, linens, and cotton in many colors, with wool added in winter. Also at Haldora, you

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will find other complimentary lines. In season, she has wool, cotton, and cashmere sweaters, which include Margaret O’Leary and Kincross Cashmere. Haldora carries a full line of Hanro of Switzerland undergarments and sleepwear. Shoes are also important to finish your look. Some of the lines carried are Arche, Lisa Nading, and Gentle Souls. Haldora also carries jewelry in a wide range of prices. Open Daily. 28 East Market Street, Rhinebeck, New York. (845) 876-6250. COLLEGES Dutchess Community College

Dutchess Community College, part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system, was founded in 1957. The College offers an educational policy of access, quality, opportunity, diversity, and social responsibility. DCC’s main campus in Poughkeepsie is situated on 130 scenic acres with facilities that are aesthetically pleasing and technologically advanced. The College has a satellite campus, Dutchess South, in Wappinger Falls, and learning centers in Carmel, Staatsburg, and Pawling. (845) 431-8020.

COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS Hawthorne Valley Association

Cultural renewal through education, agriculture, and the arts. Hawthorne Valley Farm, Hawthorne Valley School, Visiting Students Program and Summer Camps, Adonis Press, Alkion Center for Adult Education, Farmscape Ecology Program, Center for Social and Environmental Responsibility. 327 Route 21C, Ghent, NY 12075. www.hawthornevalley, or call us at (518) 672-5118. CONSIGNMENT SHOPS Past ‘n’ Perfect

A quaint consignment boutique that offers distinctive clothing, jewelry, shoes, and accessories, and a unique variety of high quality furs and leathers. Always a generous supply of merchandise from casual to chic, contemporary to vintage, with sizes from infant to adult. Featuring a diverse and illuminating jewelry collection. Open Tuesday to Friday 10am5pm, and Saturday 10am-4pm. Conveniently located at 1629 Main Street (Route 44), Pleasant Valley, NY–only 9 miles east of the Mid-Hudson Bridge. (845) 635-3115.www.past The Present Perfect

Marist College

Ranked among the top 10 percent of all American colleges by the Princeton Review, Marist College stands with over 70 years of educating adults. The School of Graduate and Continuing Education offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, and certificates, noncredit professional programs, and personalized services in Poughkeepsie, Fishkill, Goshen, Monticello, Kingston, and online. Phone: (845) 575-3000 x6039. Fax: (845) 575-3166. E-mail: Web: Mount Saint Mary College

An independent liberal arts college offering more than 30 undergraduate programs; graduate programs in business (MBA), education, and nursing; and noncredit courses. 2,500 women and men. Its beautiful campus overlooks the Hudson River and is conveniently located off I-84 in Newburgh. (845) 569-3222.

Designer consignments of the utmost quality for men, women, and children. Current styles, jewelry accessories, and knickknacks. Featuring beautiful furs and leathers. Open MondaySaturday 10am-5pm, and Sunday 12-5pm. Located at 23G Village Plaza, Rhinebeck, NY 12572. (845) 876-2939. CRAFTS Crafts People

Representing over 500 artisans, Crafts People boasts four buildings brimming with fine crafts, the largest selection in the Hudson Valley. All media represented, including sterling silver & 14K gold jewelry, blown glass, pottery, turned wood, kaleidoscopes, wind chimes, leather, clothing, stained glass, etc. Open Friday through Monday 10:30am-6pm. 262 Spillway Road, West Hurley. (845) 331-3859. DANCE Freestyle Frolic

An alternative to the club scene: dancing in a smoke-free, alcoholfree, and shoe-free environment to a wide range of music spun

by some very eclectic DJs. Usually first and third Saturdays, 8:30pm to 1am at Kingston Knights of Columbus Hall, 389 Broadway. Adults $5, Kids Free! (845) 658-8319.www.Freestyle DANCEWEAR First Street Dancewear

First Street Dancewear in Saugerties, NY offers quality dancewear for Adults and Children. We have dancewear, knit warm-ups, ballet, jazz, tap shoes, gymnastics wear, skatewear, accessories, and gift items. We also feature a line of women’s active wear clothing suitable for Yoga and Pilates. Phone (845) 247-4517. www.first

DISTRIBUTION Chronogram Is Everywhere!

Have you ever noticed how wherever you go, Chronogram is there? That’s because our distribution is so damned good. We can distribute your flyer, brochure, business card, or publication to over 700 establishments in Ulster, Dutchess, Columbia, Greene, Putnam, and Orange counties & now with new stops in Peekskill, Westchester County. Call us at (845) 334-8600 x107 or e-mail

Actionpact Solutions is your premiere, award-winning, full-service graphic, Web, and multi-media design firm located in Kingston, NY. We offer fresh, fun, and functional advertising and design solutions for businesses of all sizes. Make a pact for action and contact us today for your free consultation! (845) 532-5398 or support Little Cabin Graphics

Start the New Year off right...increase your business income potential with a professional Web site, business card, or brochure. Little Cabin Graphics is an established, full-service graphic art and Web design company specializing in graphic design of business logos, ads, illustrations, and superior Web site development. We also offer competitive Web site hosting and maintenance. For more information visit, or call (845) 658-8997, or (845) 688-5075.

FRAMING Catskill Art & Office

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Your wood furniture destination. Our showroom features custom and factory-built pieces—dining and kitchen tables and chairs, bedroom sets, entertainment and computer centers, display cabinets, and bookcases. Our finishing department offers standard wood tones, custom colors, and paint; also specialty, antiqued, crackled, and/or handdecorated finishes. Route 9G, Hyde Park. (845) 229-2189, fax (845) 229-6843.www.north

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firm, will help you achieve financial independence through smart money management techniques. Reduce your taxes, save and invest more, get out of debt, and build a nest egg. 691-9700. Post Office Box 738, Highland NY 12528.


Prompt and Reliable Service. Renovations, additions, new construction, violations removed, no job too small. Free estimates, fully insured. All work guaranteed. Quality work at reasonable rates. Over 30 years experience. Serving the Hudson Valley area. Call JR Electric. (845) 255-4088. EVOLUTION Discovery Institute

To Know. To Understand. To Be. Offering intensive training in a living school of psychotransformism in the tradition of G.I. Gurdjieff. (845) 255-5548.

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Ulster County’s newest garden center specializing in unusual annuals, proven perennials, shrubs and vines and located next to Beyond The Pail, a fine gift store offering accessories for the gardening lifestyle. 3524 Rt. 32 North, Saugerties. Open daily 9am-6pm. (845) 246-6978.

FINANCIAL SERVICES Center for Financial Wellness, Inc.

Mac’s Agway in Red Hook /New Paltz Agway

I don’t sell anything! Robin Vaccai-Yess, Certified Financial Planner™, Registered Investment Advisor, and founder of the area’s first fee-only financial planning

Specializing in all your lawn and garden needs. We carry topsoil, peat moss, fertilizers, organics, grass seed, shavings, straw, fencing, pet food,


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Time & Space Limited 434 Columbia Street Hudson NY


Th 5/12 - Sun 5/15, Th 5/19 - Sun 5/22

A.L.I.C.E. in Wonderland A new performance

Linda Mussmann’s adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s famous story about the thin line between fact and fiction - a thought-provoking subject which rouses all of us to wonder about the land in which we live. Unique and fantastic sets designed by Jun Maeda.

Opens Sat 5/7 6:00 - 8:00

Why I Save What I Save An Art Show

Balls of yarn, useless postcards, porcelain chickens: an array of bizarre time capsules and mundane fetishes; these are not collections but savings. Explore the mystery of this stuff and the archivists behind them.

Fri 5/6 8:00

Jennifer Washburn

A Lecture and Discussion

Investigative journalist and author of University Inc., reveals how conflicts of interest, involving scientists and often entire universities, have led to compromised research and a loss of scholarly independence.

bird seed, bird houses, and more. Mac’s Agway, 68 Firehouse Lane, Red Hook, NY (845) 876-1559; New Paltz Agway, 145 Route 32N, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-0050. Hours for both locations: Monday-Friday 8am-5:30pm; Saturday 8am-5pm; Sunday 9am-3pm.

been teaching glassblowing since 1990 and has the ability to make this hot medium safe for anyone to try. In addition to teaching, Lee creates a line of “one of a kind” lamps and lighting installations for both homes and businesses. For more information call (845) 297-7334 or

The Phantom Gardener

GUITAR & BASS LESSONS Learn Guitar or Bass Guitar!

At Phantom we provide everything you need to create and enjoy an organic, beautiful landscape. Our dedicated and knowledgeable staff will help you choose from an unbeatable selection of herbaceous or woody plants, garden products and books. We offer professional design, installation, and maintenance services. Visit us! Rhinebeck, NY. 9am – 5pm daily. (845) 876-8606. See display ad. GIFTS Sapphire

The newly opened Sapphire is a unique gift shop like none other. Featuring handmade quality gifts of pottery, stained glass, jewelry, wooden bowls, bags, prints, cards, and home accents made by American and Hudson Valley artisans. Located in downtown Rosendale, Sapphire is open Monday: 2-9, closed Tues. & Wed., Thurs: 2-9, Fri: 2-9, Saturday: 12-9, and Sunday: 11-4. 415 Main St., Rosendale. (845) 658-3315. sapphire GLASSBLOWING

The studio offers Beginner Workshops in both Glassblowing and Beadmaking. Lee Kind has

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Beginner to Advanced, all Styles. All Ages Welcome! Note Reading, Theory, Chords, Harmony. Modern Fun Approach. Call Today! Dennis Jacobs, BA of Music, 15 Years Performance & Teaching Experience. (845) 384-6477. Get Started Today and Receive One FREE Lesson the First Month. HAIR SALONS Trends Hair Design

Trends is a cutting-edge hair design center offering New York City styles at Hudson Valley prices, specializing in modern color, cut, and chemical techniques for men and women. Waxing and nail services available. Open Tuesday through Friday, 9am to 7pm; Saturday, 10am to 3pm. Gift certificates available. 2931 West Strand, Kingston. (845) 340-9100. HOME DESIGNS Eco-Arch Design Works Janus Welton, AIA, BBEI

An award-winning design architect, offering over 15 years of Traditional Chinese Feng Shui expertise to her Ecological and Healthy Building Design Practice: combining Building Biology, Solar Architecture, and Feng Shui to

promote “Inspiring and Sustainable” environments for the 21st Century. Unlock the potentials of your site, home, or office to foster greater harmony, prosperity, spirit, health,and ecological integrity. Services include: Architecture, Planning, Commercial Interiors, Professional Seminars and Consultations. E-mail: or see www.JanusWeltonDesign (845) 247-4620. HOME FURNISHINGS & GIFTS The Pearl Gallery

The Pearl Fine Decorative Arts Gallery specializes in handcrafted furniture and sculpture by local artists and renowned 20th-century designers. The gallery also offers African and Native American Art, handmade jewelry, and hand-blown glass. Among other items featured are exceptional 20th-century prints, lithographs, and photography. 3572 Main Street, Stone Ridge. (845) 687-0888. White Rice

531 Warren St, Hudson, NY 12534. (518) 697-3500. HORSEBACK RIDING LESSONS Frog Hollow Farm

English riding lessons for adults and children. Solarheated indoor, large outdoor, cross-country course, extensive trails. Summer camp, boarding, training, and sales. Emphasis on Dressage as a way of enhancing all horse disciplines. Holistic teaching and horse care. 572 Old Post Road, Esopus. (845) 384-6424. www.dressage

We offer riding instruction to children and adults beginner through advanced all year round in a safe, fun environment with qualified instructors. We also offer summer day camp for children. We are located 3 miles from the center of Woodstock. 446 John Jay Road. For more information call (845) 246-9427 or visit us at INTERIOR DESIGN DeStefano & Associates

Barbara DeStefano. (845) 339-4601. See Whole Living Guide under Feng Shui. INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDERS Hudson Valley Internet

Local Internet access and commercial Web site hosting. Fast, reliable, easy to use, flexible pricing…Want more? How about: free software, extra e-mail, K56Flex support, personal web space, helpful customer service, and no setup charges. (845) 255-2799. Webjogger

Blazing fast broadband Internet access. Featuring symmetrical bandwidth, superior personal attention and technical support, rock-solid security and reliability, and flexible rates. Complementary services include e-mail, Web hosting, accelerated dialup, server collocation and management, and customized networking solutions. Webjogger is a locally grown company with offices in Tivoli and Kingston. (845) 757-4000. JEWELRY Luna Blue Jewelry Boutique

On-line shopping in the Hudson Valley at its best! Luna Blue Jewelry Boutique features contemporary jewelry and accessories in silver and gold, hand-made Hudson Valley artisan pieces, wedding and bridal party gifts. Our merchandise is of the highest quality and at the lowest prices. Personalized customer service sets us apart from the rest; your e-mail and telephone inquiries are always welcome… yes, a human to talk to! Free gift with every order! (845) 725-7977.

LITERARY Submit to Chronogram

Seeking submissions of poems, short stories, essays, and article proposals. Accepting pieces of all sorts. With SASE, send submissions to Chronogram, 314 Wall Street, 2nd floor, Kingston, NY 12401. Ione

Writing workshops and private instruction for writers. (845) 339-5776. MAGAZINES Chronogram

The only complete arts and cultural events resource for the Hudson Valley. Subscribe and get the lowdown first. Whether you live in the Hudson Valley or just visit, you’ll know what’s going on. Send $36 for yearly subscription to: Chronogram, 314 Wall Street, 2nd floor, Kingston, NY 12401. MEDIATION & CONFLICT RESOLUTION Pathways Mediation Center

A unique mediation practice for couples going through divorce, or families in conflict with the innovative, combined services of two professionals. Josh Koplovitz has 30 years as a Matrimonial & Family Law Attorney, and Myra Schwartz has 30 years as a Guidance Counselor. This male/female team can effectively address all your legal and family issues. Use our one-hour free consultation to find out about us. (845) 331-0100. Rodney Wells, CFP, Member AFM & NYSCDM

If you’re separating, divorcing, or have issues with child support, custody, or visitation, choose mediation. On average, mediated agreements are fulfilled twice as often as litigated court decisions and cost half as much. I draw on my experience as a financial planner, psychotherapist, and pro se litigant to guide couples in a responsible process of unraveling their entanglements, preserving their assets, and creating a satisfying future. Cornwall, New Paltz, and NYC. (845) 534-7668. MUSIC Burt’s Electronics

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are valued above all else. Bring Burt and his staff your favorite album and let them teach you how to choose the right audio equipment for your listening needs. 549 Albany Avenue, Kingston. Monday through Friday 9am-7pm; Saturday 9am-5pm; and Sunday 12-4pm. (845) 331-5011. Drums of Woodstock

The ultimate source for all your jammin’ needs. Check out our diverse collection of Djembe, Dun Dun, Conga, Bougarabou Drums, Didgeridoos, Rain Sticks, Chimes, and Hand-Held Musical Instruments. 77 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY 12498. (845) 810-0442. www.drums Rhino Records

Rhino Records is your hometown record shop; the musical mecca of the Hudson Valley. Staffed by local music aficionados whose vast knowledge and love of music is outshone only by their courteous demeanor, Rhino embraces both the esoteric and the popular. We stock CDs, LPs, and DVDs by artists from the top of the charts to the deepest recesses of many musical vanguards. Rhino has thousands of new and used CDs for sale, as well as an ever-growing collection of vinyl. And Rhino recycles! You can trade in your unwanted CDs, LPs, videos, and DVDs for credit or cash. Come into Rhino and let the warm glow of music embrace you. 188 Main Street, New Paltz. (845) 255-0230. WVKR 91.3 FM

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Chronogram– Luminary Pubs

Vassar College, Poughkeepsie. A listener-supported, non-commercial, student-run, alternative music station. Programming is provided by students and community members, and includes jazz, new music, folk, hip hop, polka, new age, international, blues, metal, news, and public affairs programming. WVKR Web casts at (845) 437-7010.

Hire the best for residential and commercial painting. Our skilled staff uses quality materials and combines the necessary resources to complete each job to your satisfaction. Painting

improves the appearance of your residence, protects your investment, and increases its value. Call Trevor @ (845) 430-1290 or (845) 679-4232. PAYROLL Paychex

Paychex eases the burden of payroll and payroll taxes for hundreds of thousands of businesses nationwide. Our sophisticated electronic network capabilities handle all the intricate business needs, from payroll direct deposit and laser check signing to 401(K) recordkeeping. Our payroll service supplies a comprehensive business solution that is accurate, confidential, and affordable. (845) 896-6100. PERFORMING ARTS Hudson River Performing Arts Center

29 Elm St, Fishkill, NY 12524. (845) 896-1888. hudsonriver Powerhouse Summer Theater/ Lehman-Loeb Gallery

Vassar College Box 225, Poughkeepsie, NY 12604. (845) 437-5902. befargislanc@ PERSONAL ASSISTANTS Personal Assistant

Office and personal assistant more than able to provide full-spectrum support. Intelligent, dependable, industrious, discreet long-term resident can handle it all. Plan a travel itinerary or a dinner party? Organize a wardrobe or a year’s worth of accumulated clutter? Bring order to chaos? No problem. Treat yourself. Free yourself. Your style is my objective. Contact or phone (518) 945-3311. PET SERVICES & SUPPLIES Angel & Us Pet Sitting

We’ll treat your pet with tender loving care in your home. Feeding, walking (when applicable), and of course playtime! Special requests and requirements considered. Also, household services such as watering plants and getting mail while you’re away. Reliable. References. Reasonable rates. Bonded. (845) 658-3637. Pussyfoot Lodge B&B

The Pioneer in Professional Pet Care! Full house-pet-plant -sitting service, proudly serving three counties for 32 years.

Experienced, dependable, thorough, and reasonable house sitting for your pets’ health and happiness. Also offering a cats-only resort with individual rooms. Extensive horticulture and landscaping knowledge in addition to domestic and zoo animal experience. Better Business Bureau Metro NY/ Mid-Hudson Region Member. (845) 687-0330. PHOTOGRAPHY France Menk Photography & Photodesign

A fine art approach to your photographic and advertising requirements. Internationally exhibited. Major communications/ advertising clients. My work is 100% focused on your needs. (845) 256-0603. Melissa Cliver

Weddings, architecture, portraits and aerials. I treat each wedding as a documentary project capturing the subtle moments, the environment and the feeling of the day. I offer flexible packages and give you your negatives. www.melissacliverphoto (917) 887-9721. Michael Gold

Artistic headshots of actors, singers, models, musicians, performing artists, writers, and unusual, outlandish, off-the-wall personalities. Complete studio facilities and lighting. Creative, warm, original, professional. Unconditionally guaranteed. and click on to the “Headshots” page. The Corporate Image Studios, 1 Jacobs Lane, New Paltz. (845) 255-5255. Andy Wainwright

Creative photography of artwork, architecture, people, and products. Grant proposals require outstanding 35mm slides to be successful, and your web site can be improved with fresh and imaginative images. The impact of a stunning postcard/ announcement should never be underestimated. Andy possesses cutting edge digital skills and 28 years of experience exceeding the client’s expectations. Spectacular lighting, all the tools, and an impassioned interest in your goals. Take a look: (845) 757-5431. Michael Weisbrot Studio

Wedding Photography. Color and Archival, Museum-quality, B&W Photography.

Customized packages. I’m an experienced professional whose work combines sensitivities of an artist with storytelling skills of a photojournalist. General commercial freelance. Studio and location. Portraits, Theatre. Custom B&W darkroom work. Exhibition Printing. Call for prices, samples, and appointment. or (845) 338-0293. Marlis Momber

Call Marlis for all your photographic needs: commercial and personal, portraits, events, art. Free in-depth consultations to meet your photographic needs and budget. Studio or location. Monday-Saturday. (845) 255-7993. PLUMBING & BATH N & S Supply

205 Old Route 9, Fishkill, NY 12524. (845) 896-6291. PRINTING SERVICES New York Press Direct

At NY Press Direct we exist for one reason - to delight our customers! What does that mean to you? Worry-free shopping for all your printing and fulfillment needs. Our solutions are leading edge in the industry. Our pricing is among the most competitive in the northeast region. Call John DeSanto or Larry Read for more information. (845) 457-2442. PUBLISHERS Monkfish Book Publishing Company

Monkfish publishes books that combine spiritual and literary merit. Monkfish books range from memoirs to sutras, from fiction to scholarly works of thought. Monkfish also publishes Provenance Editions, an imprint devoted to elegant editions of spiritual classics. Monkfish books are available at your favorite local or online bookstores, or directly from us. Rhinebeck, NY. (845) 876-4861. REAL ESTATE Willow Realty

Willow Realty is a small, personalized Real Estate Agency in Ulster County, New York. We have access to all the properties in the Multiple Listing Service, but high-pressure tactics are not

part of our sales kit. We have extensive experience in buyer agency and new construction. We listen to you!!! New Paltz. (845) 255-7666. SCHOOLS Anderson School

Anderson School is an educational residential community, serving children and adults (ages 5-21) with autism and related developmental disabilities, in Staatsburg, New York. Education and residential programs are designed to foster continuous growth, independence and social interaction. Students are accepted year-round. Funded by NYS Dept. of Education, OCFS and OMRDD. Contact Kate Haas (845)889-4034 x534 or visit Hawthorne Valley School

Hawthorne Valley School offers Waldorf Education pre-K to twelfth grade in Columbia and surrounding counties in an expanded campus with a new kindergarten, teaching kitchen, and fine arts wing through a curriculum integrating academics, arts, and practical work. The goal is to educate young people in mind, heart, and body. 330 Route 21C, Ghent, NY. (518) 672-7092. Hudson Valley Sudbury School

A radically different form of education based on the belief that children are driven by a basic desire to learn and explore. We trust that children, given the freedom, will choose the most appropriate path for their education. Our democratic School Meeting expects children to take responsibility for their lives and their community. Year-round admissions. Sliding-scale tuition. (845) 679-1002. High Meadow School

Pre-kindergarten through 8th grade, committed to a child-centered education that engages the whole child. Intimate, nurturing, with small class size and handson learning. A program rich in academic, artistic, physical, and social skills. Fully accredited. Route 209, Stone Ridge, NY. Call Suzanne Borris, director. (845) 687-4855. Maria’s Garden Montessori School

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and a lifelong love of learning. Serving children 3 years through first grade in a one-room country schoolhouse surrounded by gardens, woodlands, and streams. 8: 30 am-3:30 pm, with part time options for preschoolers. Half or full day kindergarten. Affiliated with the American Montessori Society. 62 Plains Road, New Paltz, NY 12561. (845) 256-1875. info@mariasgarden Mountain Laurel Waldorf School

At the Mountain Laurel Waldorf School, not only can all students do their best in academic basics, they can find and achieve a balance in rich programs of drama, speech, Spanish, Russian, painting, music, creative writing, woodwork, and more. Waldorf Education: for the head, heart, and hands. Nursery-8th Grade. 16 South Chestnut Street, New Paltz. Call Judy Jaeckel. (845) 255-0033.

sacred tool, in a monthly class, with Certified Tarot Grand Master and international Tarot author Rachel Pollack. All levels welcome. Tarot Readings in person or by phone. Appointment/ Info: (845) 876-5797. Rhinebeck. Also see ad. TATTOOS Pats Tats

Since 1976, Pat Sinatra and her team create custom, one-of-akind tattoos in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Excellent portraits, tribal, gothic, Oriental, Americana, and realism. Gray, black, and color. Appointments are advised. Walk-ins available Tuesdays and Fridays. More than just a mark, it’s an experience! 948 Route 28, Kingston, NY 12401. (845) 338-8282. WEB DESIGN Actionpact Solutions

See Design. Woodstock Day School

Woodstock Day School, a statechartered, independent school and member of NYSAIS, providing quality education for pre-school through high school students since 1972. Small classes and a 6:1 student-to-teacher ratio allow us to give each child the individualized consideration necessary for a positive learning experience. PO Box 1, Woodstock. (845) 246-3744.

HDS Internet

See Internet Service Providers. Karen Williams Design

Your creative solution...concept to completion. Web design, maintenance, domain registration and hosting for $80 per year for sites under 50MG. All sites are custom made for your individual needs. Free estimates. (845) 883-9007.


See Landscape Products & Services. TAROT Tarot-on-the-Hudson Rachel Pollack

Exploratory, experiential play with the Tarot as oracle and

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WEB DEVELOPMENT Curious Minds Media Inc.

Want a website that works for you? We’ve got solutions to fit any budget, and we understand the needs of small businesses. Flash, Ecommerce, database applications. CMM has what it takes to get

you results. Mention this ad and receive 3 months FREE hosting! Call now toll-free, at (888) 227-1645. WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY fete accompli

Why choose an ordinary photographer for your extraordinary event? fete accompli offers photojournalistic-style photography for all your gala occasions. We excel in artistic, journalistic imagery that records the most poignant and surprising moments of your event, capturing the details without interrupting the flow of the occasion. or (845) 838-3990. WRITING WORKSHOPS Wallkill Valley Writers

Creative writing workshops in New Paltz led by Kate Hymes, poet and educator. Aspiring and experienced writers are welcome. WVW provides structured time, a supportive community and a safe place for you to fulfill the dream of writing your stories, real or imagined. Many writers find the community of a workshop benefits their work and keeps them motivated. (845) 255-7090. khamherst

POUGHKEEPSIE DAY SCHOOL Finding the right school for your child can make a world of difference. To learn more about Poughkeepsie Day School, for students from pre-k to grade 12, come to one of our fall

Admissions Information Sessions Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, at 8:45 a.m. Please call to let us know if you plan to attend


A community of learners where everyone matters


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Got to see this one! Great house with everything completely re-done. Brand new dry wall, new appliances, new bathroom, new deck, new garage set on 1 acre just a stones throw from Stone Dock Golf Course. $214,900 Prudential Nutshell Realty. (845) 687-2200.

Immaculate 5 year old farmhouse in terrific Stone Ridge location. Gleaming wood floors, tiled baths, open kitchen and dining room, rocking chair porch. Stone patio, shed (with electric) and playhouse. Finished room in basement would make a great office or 5th bedroom. Perfect for weekenders or fulltime family. Easy to show. $389,000 Prudential Nutshell Realty. (845) 687-2200.

Very well built & gently used cedar sided colonial on 2 private acres. 4 br, 2.5 baths, oak floors, vaulted kitchen ceiling, and brick fireplace make this an ideal weekend or year round home. Back screened in dining room adjoining deck with Jacuzzi add to the outdoors enjoyment. Adjacent 3 acre parcel with stream available upon request. $399,000 Prudential Nutshell Realty. (845) 687-2200.




Rondout Creek views set off artistically executed details of this totally renovated home. Walking distance to the NYC busline in Rosendale. Cath. ceiling, exposed beams, wideboard flrs, great cabinetry, Jotul gas stoves, covered rocking chair porch, exposed stone walls, private yard. Currently one family + separate studio apartment—could be single family or home office. 2BR/2Bath. All around charmer! Virtually all new-turnkey joy! $214,897. Helen Nickerson @ Westwood Metes & Bounds Realty. (845) 255-9400, ext 104.

Architect designed home with old world character and details.Wide board floors, brick fireplace, tiled baths, stainless steel and soapstone gourmet kitchen.Two covered porches with views of mountains and protected farmland. Large garage/barn with future expansion space above. 3 Bedrooms 2 1/2 Baths, 3 Acres $499,000. Frank Wellington Dunn R.E. LLC. New Paltz. (845) 255-2593.

New 2570 Sq Ft privately set on 2+ acres, minutes to Thruway or MidHudson Bridge. Features include a huge EIK w/ pantry, formal Dining Rm, formal Living Rm w/FP, Family Rm w/FP, 3-Brms, Den, 2.5 Baths, Laundry Rm, 9-FT ceilings, Walkup attic and much more. June occupancy. Great Value at 475,000. Ask about our other new homes under construction starting at 335,000. Cornwall Realty 845-471-2605.


THE HUDSON VALLEY IS THE FASTESTGROWING REGION IN THE NORTHEAST. List in Chronogram's DWELLINGS section for $85 each single listing or $215 for three, and your properties will get double exposure on our Web site,

This lovely 3000+ sq. ft. contemporary Center Hall Colonial sits on 16+ acres with a pond. It features 3 or 4 BRs, 3 full baths, plus a 20’x30’ living room w/ 10’ ceiling, custom media wall & a slate fireplace. Walk outside on a huge cedar deck that overlooks apple trees, woods, fields & a Bluestone niche waiting for your hot tub. 3 separate garages (total 2100 sq.ft.), 1 is heated! Rondout Schools. Perfect for horses or an active life. $535,900. Cindy Graham. (845) 626-3402.

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Dutchess, Columbia, Westchester & Putnam Counties Contact Ralph Jenkins (845) 334-8600 x105 / Ulster, Greene, Rockland & Orange Counties Contact Jamaine Bell (845) 334-8600 x112 / 5/05

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Parting Shot

Photos from the “One Hour Portraits” series, 16” x 20” silver prints, 2005

Roger Sayre / One-Hour Portraits


oger Sayre’s “One Hour Portraits” bring to mind the machine-made snapshots of quick-turnaround photo shops, but his portraiture is anything but rapid. Using a pinhole camera—photography’s most primitive form—the size of a phone booth, Sayre’s portraits are made in full collaboration with his subjects, who meditate on their own image in a mirror mounted to the camera for 60 minutes. See “One Hour Portraits” at PhotoNewburgh, 113 Liberty St., through May 22. (646) 641-5888;

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Chrongram May 2005  

A regional magazine dedicated to stimulating and supporting the creative and cultural life of New York's beautiful Hudson Valley

Chrongram May 2005  

A regional magazine dedicated to stimulating and supporting the creative and cultural life of New York's beautiful Hudson Valley